September 14, 2016 -Holyoke, Mass- Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni’s Adopt-a-Class program kicked-off for the 2016-2017 school year. The District Attorney along with members of his staff visited this year’s participating classes as well as dropping off school supplies donated by the D.A.’s office.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni stated, “I am looking forward to this year’s Adopt-a-Class program kicking off. Opening up the justice system to students across the county in an engaging and meaningful way is an important function of this office. By providing our young people with the knowledge to make healthy decisions as well as providing potential career opportunities is part of our fundamental mission of crime prevention.“
Every year the Hampden District attorney’s Office adopts two classes at the beginning of the school year. The program includes the D.A.’s office donating school supplies, a return visit to provide a lesson in civics, and participation in a trial reenactment. The program concludes later in the year with participating classes spending a half day touring the Hampden County Hall of Justice as an invited guest of the District Attorney. In addition to the tour, guest speakers provide insight on the different offices that make up the criminal justice system inside the court house, as well as, showcasing career opportunities.