On Thursday, Nov. 29 the Elsberry School District invited members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Elsberry Police Department for lunch with the students.
Judy Markwardt, Elsberry Schools Food Service Coordinator, made the event happen with the idea of bringing local hero’s and role models together with the students to interact and get to know each other more.
“I thought it would be a great opportunity for our law enforcement to have a positive social interaction with our students. I thought it would be a good way to let the students know what great men and women serve and protect our community. These men and women are positive role models that our students can look to for guidance so it’s important to have them in our school,” said Markwardt.
Lincoln County Sheriff John Cottle, crime scene technicians and several of his deputies were in attendance for the lunch along with Elsberry Police Department’s Officer Anthony Bean.
This was also a way to show their appreciation for what law enforcement does to keep everyone safe daily.
“We can’t thank them enough for what they do for us,” said Markwardt.
It was really nice seeing so many law enforcement officers interacting with all the grade levels. The kids really enjoyed it and gave lots of high fives. I hope the students gain a positive impression of the two departments,” said Markwardt.
Law enforcement contributes to the community on so many levels and the students seeing them in the schools helps them feel safe. It reinforces the idea of when you’re in trouble, you go to a police officer for help. Everyone needs to empower kids to trust police officers, so no matter where they are, they have someone to run to. If they can’t find mom, dad or a sibling, they look for law enforcement for help.
“The children of our community deserve that and the sheriff’s office and Elsberry Police Department are doing their part in creating that opportunity.
We had a great turnout and I look forward to seeing them back in our school from time to time. Both departments are more that welcome to come eat lunch and interact with the students anytime,” said Markwardt.