STOCKTON — The puppets that the Assistance League uses for its Kids on the Block program, which teaches third-graders about bullying, divorce and other subjects, were stolen from a parked car on Thursday.
Club members had just finished a program at Brookside Elementary School and club President Beverly Clarke had put the eight puppets in the back seat of her car. She stopped at Venetian Gardens Clubhouse on Mosaic Way in Stockton on her way back to the Assistance League’s shop, and her car was broken into and the puppets stolen. The sound system, locked in the trunk of the car, was not taken.
“They have no street value, but the puppets are valuable to our program and the children we serve,” said Assistance League member Nancy Wattkins.
The hand puppets are of children in school clothes and stand about three feet tall. The league performs for about 3,500 third-graders in San Joaquin County during the school year. It has done Kids on the Block for more than 20 years.
Watkins said thieves may have dumped the puppets someplace near Venetian Gardens when they realized they held no value. The league, she said, would like whoever might have them or find them to turn them into the police station, no questions asked. It will offer a reward, she said.
Watkins said the group has three older puppets, but it needs more to perform its Kids on the Block shows.
Anyone with information is asked to call Clarke at (209) 483-1686.
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