Big Brothers Big Sisters
2016 was the fifth year of bringing Big Brothers Big Sisters to Highland Elementary. Columbia Heights is the only department in Anoka County involved in this program. Department staff who volunteer to be a Big Brother or Sister go into the school to meet their matched student. The two will play games, read, make crafts and develop a mentoring relationship. The program has now expanded to Valley View Elementary, and a few Bigs have followed their Littles as they moved on to Columbia Academy. The year ended with 25 BBBS volunteers in Columbia Heights; 16 of those are officers or police department staff members. There were also three more CHPD employees who signed on to be Bigs near the end of the year and were looking forward to being matched in the new year.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor contact the Columbia Heights Police Department at 763-706-8100.