October 28, 2015 Geneva, Il. a school that recently opened under the name of the Geneva Christian School gathered with parents and school officials to acknowledge people that they are thankful for and appreciate. Notably the Mayor Kevin Burns and a Police Officer named Paul VanDorn.
The Kane County Chronicle reported that the children presented the Officer with a large card of thanks the children had written over the past several weeks. The officer smiled and was clearly happy to be with the children in the atmosphere of the school with them during the assembly.
“It was wonderful,” Officer VanDorn said. “It’s nice to have the support of the community like this. … It’s nice to know they understand what our job really is.”
Cathy Hill, president of the school board, said the idea of Hero Day was to provide a positive introduction to a police official and a city official. “Children are getting a bit of a mixed message about police officers,”
Hopefully after this bit of interaction the children will have a better view of the Officers and their interaction will be on a continual basis.
Students said they worked on different parts of the project over a few weeks. Fourth-grader Micah Hermes, 9, from Maple Park, said students put together ideas for the top 10, and their teachers picked the best ones. During his part of the program, he read that a “hometown hero” is someone who is smart, someone who is awesome and someone who is strong. He said he has a positive view of police officers.
“I feel safe when I see them,” he said.
Second-grader Audrey Smith, 7, of Geneva, read a part of the program that told Burns and VanDorn “you protect us as a role model.” She said she enjoyed the event. “I liked seeing the policeman and the mayor,” she said.
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