Almost 150 Kettering children enjoyed a morning at the cinema thanks to Northamptonshire Police.
Officers from the force’s Futures team arranged for 82 children from Kettering Park Junior School and 67 from St Andrew’s Primary School to see a film at the Odeon cinema in Kettering this morning.
The children will now repay the gesture by carrying out good deeds in their community.
PC Michael Norman, who organised the event, said: “We want to promote that idea of kindness, to show the children that it’s nice to do things for other people.
“They all had a lovely time at the cinema and we’ll go to their schools in two weeks to see how they’ve paid it forward to the community.”
The event was held on national Pay it Forward day, when people are encouraged to carry out acts of kindness for others.
Teacher Sonia Adsburey from Park Junior School said the children would now work on their own projects to help others.
She said: “Following on from the example set by this event, some of the children are going to do reading sessions with the younger ones and others are working on other ways to help people in the school.
“So this has been a really good thing for the children to do.
“It’s good to boost the idea of community support with the children and it’s nice to build closer links with the police.”
Odeon donated the use of the cinema at no cost to the police as part of its own community engagement work.
The children were taken to the cinema by Hamiltons Coaches, which provided transport free to encourage others to carry out acts of generosity.
When police officers visit the two schools next month they will give presentations on bullying, anti-social behaviour and online safety, as well as hearing about the children’s good deeds.