Tampa Police Host Inaugural Teen Excellence Award Ceremony and Dance

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WHAT: Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward and the department's Black History Committee will recognize teens for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom. Various sponsors will share their experience and education with teens during a catered dinner.

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Robert Saunders Library, 1505 North Nebraska Avenue


Teens from throughout Tampa will fill the Robert Saunders Library for an evening of recognition, career exploration and entertainment. It is all part of the Tampa Police Department's 28th Annual Black History Celebration. This year, the department's Black History Committee transformed its annual outdoor festival into an energetic social event for students in grades 8-12.

The inaugural "Teen Excellence Award Ceremony and Dance" will take place on Saturday, February 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Robert Saunders Sr. Public Library, located at 1505 North Nebraska Avenue. Tampa Police School Resource Officers assigned to middle and high schools helped select the teen guests who will be attending the special event.

During the event, Chief Eric Ward will recognize 13 students in the audience who were nominated by teachers and adults in the community earlier this year. Each student will receive a scholarship ranging from $250 to $150.

The teens will have an opportunity to dine with corporate sponsors before heading to the dance floor for a night of fun.