William Penn First Graders were happy to meet Officer Ken, one of Bethel Park's Community Helpers.
Officer Ken is Bethel Park Police Detective Ken Radinick, who also is the School District's School Resource Officer. He was invited to Penn to meet the First Graders in Mrs. Williams' and Mrs. Joseph's classes because the students were learning about "Jobs Around Town" through their Wonders Reading Curriculum, and the essential question for the unit is "What jobs need to be done in a community?"
Officer Ken was happy to meet with the students to tell them about the kinds of things that police officers to. The students were interested to hear that police do more than arrest bad guys--they also help people when they need assistance.
The students were able to hold Officer Ken's bullet-proof vest, and they were surprised at how heavy it was--almost 30 pounds. They also had the opportunity to go outside and look inside Officer Ken's police car and to see the flashing lights.
Back inside, Officer Ken talked to the students about staying safe, including not touching anything that looks like a gun, calling 911 and not talking to strangers in their neighborhood. He also talked about the education needed to become a police officer and told the students to stay in school and study hard if they wanted to become a police officer.
The students had the opportunity to ask Officer Ken some very good questions. When asked, Officer Ken said the best part of his job is helping others. He has been a police officer for 24 years, and has been on the Bethel Park Police Force for the past 17 years. He looks forward to serving as the District's School Resource Officer because he wants to establish positive relationships with the students and keep them safe.
The students will also get to meet two Bethel Park Fire Fighters as part of this unit.
Thank you, Officer Ken, for keeping us safe! Please click here
to see some photos from Officer Ken's visit to William Penn.