On Wednesday, November 14th, the California Highway Patrol visited many of our classrooms to read stories and share cookies with the kids. We were very impressed with the number of officers that were able to come and read, so many of our classrooms were able to participate! Hippie was the highlight by far, the kids were extremely excited to see a 6 foot tall chipmunk dressed in a CHP uniform walk into their classrooms.
They read stories to the kids, while Chippie acted out some of the plot much to the entertainment of the kids. The officers also provided cookies to share with the kids, and we know that they always love when snacks are provided. After the story, while the kids were eating, the officers discussed the overall themes of the books and big ideas that related to being productive members of a community. The students had opportunities to ask questions in some of the classrooms, and they loved being able to interact with the officers. Make sure to ask your student if they participated, and what they thought about it. Here are some student reactions:
As educators, we love providing our students with the chance to see law enforcement officers in non-threatening environments. It helps to foster positive relationships so that when they do need help from law enforcement, they aren't afraid to seek assistance.
We are hoping to make this an annual tradition at McKinley School!