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Philadelphia police hold jump rope contest for kids

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EAST GERMANTOWN - A different kind of police activity in North Philadelphia Friday, as officers in one district are launching a new effort to keep the community, especially kids, safe and have a little fun, at the same time."I love jumping double-dutch," Nyliah Luke said.The 13-year-old is spending her Friday evening doing something she loves. "My mom taught me when I was around seven or eight."She literally got it from her mama Nataye Dixon, who is a stand-out at the jump rope competition at the Belfield Rec Center.It’s an event that gives young people something to do, now that school is out."We love it.

It’s great fun. It’s positive, it’s part of the community. It’s getting my babies off their iPads and phones and stuff, so I enjoy it a lot," Dixon stated.The event is put on by the Philadelphia Police 35th District.Some of the women are with the department and joined the community and young people in a night of safe fun.Robert Hoppie is the Community Relations Officers. "Our goal is to be able to get the kids to come together.

Come out, engage with the community, engage with the public and just have a good time. Help keep them off the street."There was a live DJ, plus free food and sweets."I think it’s opening up more positive opportunities versus none at all and it’s affiliated with police, so it’s not just seeing the police for negativity.

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