Summerton family event bridges gap between law enforcement, Summerton community

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 6/29/18

SUMMERTON -- Food, fun and a friendly game of basketball were enjoyed by more than 300 children and adults at the first Ready. Set. Engage! event sponsored by Clarendon County Sheriff's Office on June 15 in Summerton.

Dozens of pizzas, more than …

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SUMMERTON -- Food, fun and a friendly game of basketball were enjoyed by more than 300 children and adults at the first Ready. Set. Engage! event sponsored by Clarendon County Sheriff's Office on June 15 in Summerton.

Dozens of pizzas, more than 60 pounds of fish, chicken and almost 200 hotdogs featuring Carolyn Reed's famous chili as well as dozens of cupcakes, cookies and ice cream had everyone in a great mood.

DJ Al had the children dancing and moving while the adults were catching their second breaths after an exciting game of basketball.

Ready. Set. Engage! will become an annual event the CCSO will host in an effort to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community, especially the youth.

Deputy First Class Annett Smith, coordinator of the event, said she wanted to thank everyone who generously donated food and particularly those who manned those hot grills cooking fish, chicken and hot dogs.

"This was a wonderful event," Smith said Friday afternoon. "The basketball game was the highlight. Everyone had a good time."

The event was also a time for the youth in the community to see officers in a different light.

"We are here to protect them," Clarendon County Sheriff Tim Baxley said last week. "We want them to know that if they have a problem or need help that they can come to us."