Kindergarten students at Harvest Ridge were excited to end their unit on “community helpers” with a visit from Officer Susan Shields of the St. Charles County Police Department. On Friday, Feb. 10, Officer Shields talked to students about her role as a police officer. Students were thrilled to learn, first-hand, how officers carry out their jobs in protecting the very communities in which they live.
“She really made her time with the kids personal,” said kindergarten teacher Shelly Gotsch. “She shared that she’s a mother of three kids and has a husband. That really helped kids realize that anyone can be a police officer.”
During the visit, Officer Shields talked about all of the tools that she utilizes each day, and explained their purpose to students. Students also had the chance to see and hear the police sirens up-close, and view the police car. However, there was one question that all of the students were anxious to ask. They wanted to know if Officer Shields had ever used her gun. She happily reported that she never had to use it in the line of duty, and explained why that was a good thing.
“The best part was hearing the sirens on her car,” said kindergartener Fiona Floodman.
Throughout the community helper unit, students learned about various types of professions and their roles within the community. This included doctors, firefighters, police, mail carriers, and more. Students were required to choose a helper that they would like to be when they grow up, and present what they learned by writing a report. The reports were in the form of a non-fiction book, full of illustrations and facts about their chosen helper.