Boston police officers met with a local fourth-grader this week to congratulate her on her prize-winning poster, which contained a plea for peace on the city’s streets.
Anaya Dash, 10, of Dorchester was one of the winners of a poster contest organized by the City of Boston. The contestants were asked to draw something that promoted anti-violence.
“We need to get kids invested in their communities and we need to show them that we are equally invested in them and in their neighborhoods,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement. “We can’t arrest our way out of this problem.”
Anaya’s poster featured the phrase “Change the world and stop the violence!” She said she got the idea by seeing the way people act in Dorchester.
“It’s based on things I’ve seen in the community,” she said by telephone.
Anaya said she was excited to meet with Boston Police Superintendent Randall Halstead and Deputy Superintendent Dennis White, but was very nervous. The police officers met with Anaya at her after-care center, the Boston Centers for Youth & Families Cleveland Community Center.
“When I walked in, a lot of people were staring at me,” said Anaya. “I’ve never had a lot of people starting at me before.”
She said she was happy they liked her slogan, and hoped people in her community would keep it in mind.
“It’s important,” she said.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp