WALLINGFORD — Lyman Hall High School students faced off against half a dozen local police officers in a series of pickup basketball games Wednesday as part of a student project on police/community relations.
Jabari Robinson, a junior, came up with the project as part of his capstone class and will give a presentation on it during his senior year.
Robinson worked with School Resource Officer Henry Cadett to set two dates for officers to come to the school and play pickup basketball.
The other five officers that participated with Cadett are Tim Binkowski, Lou Brangi, Len Alter, Jeffrey Acheychek, and Mike Friello. Cadett said a lot of students attended the first round of games on March 6.
“These interactions help foster relations,” Cadett said.
Robinson said he hoped the games will change the way students view police.
Alex Colavito, also a junior and friends with Robinson, said he was looking forward to getting to know the officers and playing basketball.
Students filtered in and out of the gymnasium during the 3-on-3 games, cheering on their classmates.