The 2017 Class of Hastings Police Cadets is continuing the program’s mission of giving back to the community, following in the footsteps of the first two classes. In their latest project, cadets attended the Household Hazardous Waste Collection on May 13, where they collected discarded batteries to sell to Padnos Louis Iron & Metal Company in Hastings, Sgt. Kris Miller said.
The cadets netted $361, and donated it to Barry County United Way. The money is earmarked to help fund a BCUW car seat program to be held in July, Miller said. Last year, cadets donated the proceeds from a similar effort to the YMCA to help kids pay for programs.
The cadets, all Hastings High School students, were busy throughout the school year, helping others by doing chores like raking leaves and washing windows around the COA building and for several elderly homeowners, serving hot chocolate to “trick or treaters” on Halloween on Green Street and checking candy, helping during Easter Egg Hunts, entertaining kids with crafts and treats before they go to “Shop with a Cop,” cleaning up trash along the Hastings River Walk, and helping with a bicycle helmet fitting event, Miller said. This year’s class of Cadets will have its own graduation ceremony later this month.
Billed as Hastings Michigan Recycling Center for Barry County, Padnos recycles plastic bottles, electronic waste, aluminum cans, newspapers and all kinds of scrap. The Barry County Solid Waste Oversight Committee sponsors two Household Hazardous Waste Collections a year.
Photo (upper left) Taking part in the check presentation to the Barry County United Way are (from left) Hastings Police Sgt. Kris Miller, Cadets Joshua Sherwood and Carson Winick, BCUW Executive Director Lani Forbes and BCUW Community Input and Veterans Affairs Coordinator Pattrick Jansens.
Photo (left) Hastings Police Cadets who worked at the May 13 Hazardous Household Waste Collection are (front row, from left) Dakota Chilton, Allyson O'Dell, Justin Voshell, Hayden McMahon, (back row) Deputy Chief Dale Boulter and Cadets Hunter Tyner, Carson Winick, Joshua Bachman and Joshua Sherwood.