Last week was Police Officer Appreciation week. Teaching police officer respect in the classroom can be challenging. Here are some relatable ways to talk to children about the important role law enforcement plays in our society.
All too often the kids in our lives and classrooms see or hear about bad stuff happening. While bad stuff is happening, it is often our police who are working behind the scenes to clean up the damage or solve a crime. Their role often goes unrecognized unless they do something wrong or miss something. It’s important to teach kids that our police are there to help keep us safe.
It’s easy to get caught up in a world of over the top super heroes, but every day and night we have hard working men and women who work long hours and put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. Police are our real super heroes.
Super Hero Duties
- Put themselves in harm’s way to protect us.
- Work long hours.
- Sacrifice time with their families, holidays, and sleep to keep us safe.
- Sacrifice their lives to take care of us.
- See sad things and still keep working.
- Rescue people from themselves or others.
- Are often the first responders to an emergency.
- Clear the path for other rescue vehicles to get where they need to be.
- Direct traffic, often standing in a precarious spots to keep traffic flowing in busy areas.
Truly, there are countless ways police work to be our community and state heroes. Often times they go unrecognized as they work tirelessly to protect us and our communities. When is the last time you told a police officer how much you appreciate what he or she does to keep your community safe?
Teach Kids about Police
- Invite a police officer to class to talk about what they do.
- Learn about the jobs police do and have the class make cards for your local officers.
- Explore different ways police do their jobs.
- Teach them to be grateful for our police, not afraid of them.
The messaging for your students is the next time you see a police super hero, thank them for their time and sacrifice. Thank them for a job well done.