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WDC students have lunch with law enforcement

Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputy Brad Weber talks with students during lunch. Anna Erickson/Pioneer Journal1 / 7
Wadena Police Officer Aaron White visits with his daughter, Ava, during lunch. Submitted photo2 / 7
Wadena Police Officer Norm Pettis handed out stickers to students. Submitted photo3 / 7
Verndale Police Chief Cory Carr enjoyed his time at the school's Lunch with Law Enforcement event. Submitted photo4 / 7
Students made posters thanking officers for their service. Anna Erickson/Pioneer Journal5 / 7
This poster, created by WDC student Lily Parker, declares "Police Are Cool." Anna Erickson/Pioneer Journal6 / 7
Wadena County Chief Deputy Joe Schoon sat down to chat with students while they ate lunch at WDC Elementary last week. Anna Erickson/Pioneer Journal7 / 7

Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary students had an opportunity to meet and visit with local law enforcement during lunch one day last week

Parent Teacher Organization chair Alicia Wynn organized the second-annual event. The event is an opportunity to foster a positive relationship between students and police officers, she said.

Students received stickers from law enforcement from several local agencies.

WDC has a large number of elementary students with parents who work in law enforcement. For the dozen students with law enforcement parents, the PTO made special t-shirts that said "My Hero Wears a Badge. I call Him/Her My Dad/Mom."

Law enforcement had a great time interacting with students.

Wadena police officer Norm Pettis enjoyed talking with students and answering questions about his job.

In addition to lunch, teachers spent time in the classroom telling students about the role of law enforcement. Students made posters and had an opportunity to have a conversation about police officers.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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