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MIT Campus Police recently donated $1,000 to the Cambridge Community Arts Center, a sum the department earned through the annual sale of unclaimed lost-and-found items and abandoned bicycles.
Paul Parravano and Sarah Gallop in the Office of Government and Community Relations helped Campus Police Chief Anne Glavin select a recipient for this year's donation. "The idea of making a donation to this organization felt just right," Chief Glavin said. "They serve teens and children with a solid after-school program. The idea of keeping kids out of trouble and teaching them useful, interesting and fun skills was a wonderful idea."
The Campus Police Department sells off unclaimed lost-and-found items and abandoned bicycles once a year and donates most of the proceeds (usually $1,000) to a local nonprofit organization. The Community Arts Center, founded in 1932, helps at-risk families and their children through a stable, arts-centered environment. Its primary arts programs are School-Age Child Care and the Teen Media Program.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on August 23, 2000.