Police make finals week pizza deliveries to hardworking students

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Finals week is one of the most stressful times of the year for students. For days the students spread out across campus in the dining commons, the library, the HUB-Robeson Center and if it’s nice out, even on the Old Main lawn. They open their books, pop in their ear buds and crank their music, and focus on their studies with hopes of success.

With an understanding of their stress level, members of University Police and Public Safety had been brainstorming ways to show their support for and engage with the students. “We wanted to find a way to interact with the students in a positive way, while also wishing them luck on their finals,” explained Sgt. Franie Pollack.

Pollack and her colleagues decided to provide free pizza, as well as some giveaways like Lion Paw chip clips and flashlights to students around campus. “We know students like food,” said Pollack. “When you’re stressed sometimes you put basic necessities on the back burner and don’t always eat. We decided to make sure they were getting something to eat to help them continue to study successfully.”

Pollack and her colleagues worked with Sbarro to set up a schedule of pizza pickup times. After getting the pizzas they would go wherever they saw students studying. The reception from students was incredibly positive. “So many of them were surprised to see us doing this,” said Pollack. “They were so thankful and appreciative that we were thinking about them, and one student even asked for a hug.”

According to Pollack, University Police and Public Safety isn’t just there to deal with crises or other problems on and off campus. “We’re here to support them and help them be successful, in addition to making them feel safer.”

After a successful first attempt, Pollack hoped the event will only continue to grow and improve. “I’m really grateful to have had the opportunity to do this,” she said. “I appreciate being provided the funding for this type of program. We had great success and wonderful returns on the investment.”

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Last Updated May 20, 2014