Christenberry Elementary partners with KPD

Susan EspirituNorth Knoxville

Officer Gallaher is reading to a class on a Wednesday

Christenberry Elementary students are building relationships with the Knoxville Police Department through a partnership between KCS and KPD. Knox County Schools priorities for Career Empowerment and Preparation prompted the Knoxville Police Department to expand on their current adoption of Christenberry Elementary School, where officers already visit each Wednesday and read to students throughout the school.

KPD East District officers donated a brand new book to every kindergartner at Christenberry as their Christmas service project.

Once a quarter, police units visit the fourth and fifth grade students to share the various career opportunities in the police department as part of the Career Empowerment and Preparation component of the partnership.

During this past visit, police officers brought the Search and Rescue command center and demonstrated their drones with explanations of ways drones help the department like finding missing people, mapping a wreck scene from above, etc.

Tonya Cash, Christenberry principal, said that all the boys wanted to pursue the drone careers.

She commented: “Our kids ask such great, thoughtful and intelligent questions and are enthralled with all it.”

Social media echoed the appreciation of the event: “It was an amazing experience for our students.” Another stated, “I enjoyed it! It was an amazing experience for students and teachers!” A third simply read: “I love this!”

This is an ongoing partnership with the feeder schools as well with Fulton High School partnering with KPD through the Criminal Justice piece included with 865 Academy at Fulton.

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