PACE, Positive Actions thru Character Education is a program which features a broad based approach to teach students about making positive choices throughout their lives.
Five years ago, the Cypress Police Department partnered with our local elementary schools, both private and public, to thoroughly understand the challenges faced by our Cypress students from all walks of life. The program, born from this collaboration, is PACE. The PACE program was created to enhance awareness, influence choices, and educate sixth grade students in Cypress. PACE is designed to be creative and non-traditional; guiding students to become persons of good character and behavior while forging a positive relationship with police.
The PACE curriculum addresses internet safety, social media, peer pressure, bullying, violence and drug abuse. Students learn to make virtuous and responsible decisions while receiving instruction about recognizing and resisting the many direct and subtle pressures that may influence them. Emphasis is placed on integrated character development that will guide students throughout their lives.
PACE provides the learning tools that underscore the importance of the Josephson Institute’s Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Each year approximately 1000 sixth graders graduate from the PACE program.
The PACE program costs about $10,000.00 a year. The Cypress Police Foundation has funded the PACE program for all these years through its many supporters and primarily through the generosity of the Bandai Foundation.
Now you can become a supporter too. For a $1000.00 contribution, you can become one of 10 supporters for the PACE program for a year. We will acknowledge your tax-deductible gift with a letter thanking you, a certificate of appreciation recognizing you as a PACE supporter, and a Cypress Police Foundation Logo pin. Mail your $1000.00 check payable to the Cypress Police Foundation, P.O. Box 1443, Cypress, CA 90630. Include with it a note that you wish to be a PACE supporter and we’ll do the rest. Thank you.