Number of Participants: 40
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $338
Event Type: Justice & Legal
Date: January 14, 2020
More than 50 police officers, first responders and law enforcement professionals visited Unqua Elementary School in the Massapequa School District on Jan. 9, sharing insight into their jobs and showcasing many of the tools they use on a daily basis.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is a national initiative to show support for men and women who dedicate their lives to keeping communities safe. For the fourth year in a row, Unqua welcomed officers from numerous agencies including the Nassau County Police Department, New York City Police Department, Port Authority Police and corrections officers. Students got to learn about specialized units such as the bomb squad, emergency ambulance bureau and canine unit during assembly programs and classroom visits.
Many of the visiting police officers included family members of Unqua students, who were proud to talk about their careers and share interesting stories. They showed some of the equipment they use from helmets and bullet-proof vests to handcuffs and radios.
In a greeting room for officers, there was a Christmas tree decorated with paper police shields colored by students. A video continuously played featuring Flipgrid recordings by students who spoke about the reasons they are appreciative of law enforcement personnel.
Assistant Principal Laura Hulsaver coordinated the police officer visits and fifth grade student council members, under the direction of advisers Leanne Leder and Deanna Musacchia, prepared goody bags for the guests. PTA members Stacy Hock and Cindi St. George decorated the welcome room and provided refreshments. Students and staff throughout the school wore blue.
1: Police officer Matthew Mikowski visited Jill Corson’s third grade class at Unqua Elementary School on Jan. 9 for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
2: Students were excited to meet Johnny, a dog in the canine unit.
3: Members of the Nassau County Police Department talked to students about their roles in the Massapequa community.
4: First grader Patrick Griffin helped out his father, NYPD officers Rich Griffin, right, and officer Sean Sweeney in showing off police equipment.
5: Officer Gina Tucker spoke to her son Nicky Tucker’s fourth-grade class.
6: Fourth grader Anabelle Kahn experienced what it’s like to be in handcuffs from Officer John Abreu.
Photos courtesy of the Massapequa School District