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      Charleston kids can meet police, fire personnel

      A pilot program in Charleston this summer allows kids to have fun, develop character and meet police and fire personnel.

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A pilot program in Charleston this summer allows kids to have fun, develop character and meet police and fire personnel.

      The Friday Night Lights program is sponsored by the local police and fire departments and the city Recreation Department.

      Starting Friday and on six other Friday nights this summer, the events are held at city pools and parks. Children from ages 5 to 15 can participate in such things as arts and crafts, a basketball shootout, soccer, flag football, swimming, music and dance. There's also food and movies shown on a 20-foot inflatable screen.

      Police Chief Greg Mullen says the program gives kids a chance to participate in positive activities and build relationships with police officers, firefighters, and recreation workers.