The Arkansas City Police Department announced May 16 that Reese Pappan is the winner of a contest to create a new design for ACPD’s Neighborhood Watch program street signs.
Pappan, 13, is the daughter of Clayton and Jamie Pappan, of Arkansas City. She currently attends Arkansas City Middle School.
The contest was open to everyone aged 11 years or older. In all, 30 contest entries were received.
“Reese was surprised when I had it announced on Bulldog Live,” said ACPD School Resource Officer Chase Hobart.
Bulldog Live is a morning announcement time during which the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, and the lunch menu and important announcements are made.
“She had a look of complete surprise on her face,” Hobart said. “I said, ‘You do good work.’”
Pappan also was given two movie tickets as a prize.
The signs she designed will be installed throughout the city as soon as they are made, according to Hobart.
They will replace the traditional and mostly faded Neighborhood Watch signs that featured a shadowed figure in a hat.
“Reese’s design showed a sense of community pride,” Hobart said.
Her design features a bullpup and the traditional Ark City school colors of purple and gold.
The City of Arkansas City might be able to create the signs in-house, but Hobart is waiting to see if they can produce all of the colors Pappan chose for her design.
“Our goal is to have (the signs) done by National Night Out (in early October),” Hobart said.
The new signs are a small part of a push to re-institute Neighborhood Watch groups throughout Arkansas City.
There currently are seven such active groups, as well as more than 10 individuals who ACPD is working with to create more.
Since the first meeting announcing the push for Neighborhood Watches to be formed, there has been more open and improved communication between the police department and those neighborhoods, according to Hobart.
One group met in early April to have a party, which included several members of the police department.