Cheshire Police hosted the finals of a competition last week which has been running across four schools over several months. The participating schools - Blacon High, Bridgewater High, Penketh High and Kings Grove expressed a wish to get involved in this pilot launch of ‘Rap and Snap’. A project initiated by Cheshire Police - all young people from each of the schools were asked to think about their concerns and what affected them the most in their neighbourhood. Suggestions were offered so they could start to think about these concerns, with examples offered such as drugs or alcohol issues, bullying or anti-social behaviour.
The children who all participated were asked to be imaginative in submitting suitable pictures − or ‘Raps’ and writing songs − or ‘Snaps’. Therefore, originality was part of the criteria in the final voting process which took place on 3rd June at Cheshire Police Headquarters in Winsford.
Ewa Labeda, Project Coordinator in the Communities Unit said, "This pilot provided us with a gateway to engage with young people and encouraged them to participate in a creative but fun way.
"We have restricted the ‘Rap & Snap’ competition to certain schools this year but because it has proved to be successful in the number and quality of entries received, we will be looking to extend this across Cheshire, and inviting other schools who want to take part for 2014.
"If you think your school would like to take part in next year’s event, please contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org"
The event was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner and sponsored by Crime Beat, Brian Kennedy Trust and Red Shift Radio who were amongst those sitting on the voting panel to judge the Grand Finale. The winner of the ‘Rap’ was ’90 second problems’ by Jake Dean and Brandon Burrows and the winner of the ‘Snap’ was ‘dog poo problems’ by Jake Sconce whose prizes were tablet devices. Eleven runners up all received £50 vouchers.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer said, "This was the first ‘Rap & Snap’ event in Cheshire and I was delighted to be a member of the judging panel. I’m extremely impressed with the quality of all of the entries that were presented both to the panel and the audience. It was clear to see all of the young people worked really hard on their pieces. I would like to say congratulations to the winners and also a big thank you to the Communities Unit, who organised this event".
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