We see and hear to many instances where disconnect between the community and law enforcement builds more walls than bridges. Our Manchester City Police Department has come up with a fun and interactive way to introduce children to officers in our community. The Hearts of Blue, wives of police officers, have put together a coloring book where personal aspects of individual officers become the children’s art.
Students get to try out a profession to make sure it’s a good fit. They learn how to conduct themselves in the business world and they make connections that may lead to future employment. Industry and business leaders get a say in developing a curriculum to make sure there’s a practical focus to outfit students with the skills they’ll need to get hired. As for the schools, they get seasoned professionals to advise students, arrange field trips and, sometimes, provide financial support.
Tens of thousands of kindergarten and first grade students miss a month of school every year, and that can add up to half a year of missed instruction before they finish third grade.