Letters from students urge visit by Lincoln Park, K-9 police officers – The News Herald

The kids in Jessica Lemmon’s freshman class recently sent some pretty powerful letters to city leaders in Lincoln Park – so impactful they’ve brought police officers to their class and city council members will soon be visiting too .

Lemmon, a teacher at Paun Elementary School, turned a social studies lesson into teaching by capitalizing on their community and some of the people who run it.

By learning about Lincoln Park and how they can improve the community by interacting with its leaders, the young people received even more responses than they expected when their letters prompted requests to visit their classroom. Police Chief Raymond Watters and a few council members. members.

Members of the Lincoln Park Police Department received such powerful letters from students at Paun Elementary School that they prompted a visit from the police chief and others, including K- 9 Max. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Park Police Department)

Due to recent snowstorms and the cancellation of school, the council members had to postpone their visit, but assured Lemmon that they wanted to meet the children who wrote such kind and insightful letters about the town.

Watters was able to visit the school, and he didn’t come alone.

He brought in Deputy Chief Scot Lavis, Lt. Veronica Lyles, Sgt. Jeff Mueller, Officer Matthew Parker and K-9 Officer Max.

“The Chief was overwhelmed by the letter,” Lemmon said of the letter sent directly to him. “He wanted to meet the student who wrote his letter.”

The teacher said a few students had written letters saying they wanted to be police officers when they grew up.

The letters touched the hearts of the officers, especially one from a child who wrote that he wanted to help those in need, and another from a little girl who said she wanted to remove the bad guys from the Street.

“They looked like adults who could have fallen to their knees,” Lemmon said of the officers.

The writing campaign also included letters to Council Speaker Carlos Salcido, Councilwoman Maureen Tobin and City Clerk Kerry Kehrer.

This particular community service project has a brief history of success behind it.

The activity was inspired by a retired principal who encouraged Lemmon to incorporate the project into the curriculum of the social studies lesson.

This was part of last year’s lesson, and Lemmon was surprised at the scale of the community’s response.

He even drew a visit to the mayor’s school.

Not only do the town leaders appreciate it, Lemmon said the kids absolutely love it.

They chose who they wanted to send a letter to, then followed the letter writing format they had learned in a previous lesson.

Each letter should include something about the student and something about how they can contribute to their community.

The letters followed a lesson last month that explored kindness and the “circle of courage” discussed in discovering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The idea of ​​”belonging to a beloved community” was part of this instruction.

The class looks forward to visits from council members and Lemmon said they all enjoyed the police coloring books and backpacks the officers brought them.

They were all thanked for coming, including Max, who is known to steal the show when brought on school outings.

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