DOWNINGTOWN — Downingtown Area School District Making Connections will host their second annual Food Drive on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lionville Middle School (550 W. Uwchlan Ave, Exton, PA 19343; rain date: May 14) . Needs include non-perishable goods, personal hygiene items and grocery store gift cards. Donations will go to the Chester County Food Bank, the Lord’s Comoros and DASD’s demanding families. Special guests this year will be TLC- To Love a Canine, who will meet with adorable rescue dogs available for adoption.

The goal of the Networking program is to build connections between African-American teens and local law enforcement through ongoing community events and conversations. I hope that the significant relationships that contribute to this program will lead to a stronger foundation for the future. Currently, officers from the West Brandywine Police Department, Uhlan Police Department, Upper Uhlan Police Department, East Brandywine Police Department, Downingtown City Police Department, Public Relations Office and the Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Public Participation Event. The group consists of more than 20 African-American teens from all three DASD high schools.

To learn more about making connections, visit or email Shanet Bernard at

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