Tell your kids to chill -- and it could get them a free Slurpee
Throughout the summer, kids who are caught in the act of doing good deeds or exhibiting positive behavior will be "ticketed' by police officers -- actually, the officers will give kids a coupon good for a free 12-oz Slurpee at participating 7-Eleven stores. The Operation Chill Program, which has been around since 1995 and this summer will be in more than 250 cities, has distributed more than 10-million coupons in the United States and Canada.
Okay, good deeds are easy peasy -- picking up trash, helping older neighbors with chores, volunteering at a food bank. And positive behaviors include wearing a bike helmet and obeying traffic laws whether in a car, on a bike or on a skateboard.
According to a 7-Eleven spokeswoman, participating agencies in the bay area include the Clearwater Police Department and the Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas sheriff's offices. The Temple Terrace Leisure Services Department employees also will be distributing the coupons.
This might be one time when you want your kids to be stopped by the police. And I'm willing to bet that most kids would be willing to risk brain freeze for the tasty treat.
-- Sherry Robinson