BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — What does a police officer mean to you? That question was asked of students at Crosspointe Elementary School in Boynton Beach for a law enforcement appreciation project.
“I love to see the excitement of the kids doing that,” said Palm Beach County School District Police Captain Ezra Dilbert.
Captain Dilbert and officer Chad Aubrey visited Ms. Poloukine’s art class to inspire the kids and they found many just wanted to impress them.
“I know how to spell spider, s-p-i-d-e-r,” said one student to officer Aubrey.
Behind the scribbles, sketches, the shading, and coloring, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department’s Jami Smith said the drawings bring more joy to the officers than the kids know.
“The giggles at some of the pictures they just absolutely love to see that these kids are looking to them like superheroes,” said Smith.
During the fourth graders’ art class, some showed how they look up to police officers, when they put pencil to paper and shared the messages behind the drawings.
“Pretty much the message is that they protect everyone, they’re protectors,” said one student.
The drawings will be displayed at the annual law enforcement awards this week.
“We thought it was a great idea for these men and women of law enforcement to see what kind of impact that they have on young lives,” said Smith.
“What does a police officer mean to you?” Asked Ms. Poloukine.
“Protective, helpful.” answered her students.