HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - For National Police Officers Week, Huntington Intermediate School teacher Caitlin Marshall didn't have to look too far to come up with an idea on how she and her co-teacher in Reading Rachel Inman could school their two classes about law enforcement.
“Most of my family members are in law enforcement, so it's really close to my heart,” explained Marshall. “And it's something that we can do to remind the officers in our community they are special to us and we appreciate them. Especially right now with all the recent events that have gone on, it's nice to shine a positive light.”
So, she and Inman decided to have a little celebration for local law enforcement officers during National Police Officer's Week.
“We really wanted the kids to know exactly what does and a lot of them, I've heard so many of them say, ‘I'm going to be a cop when I grow up.'” Inman said about her 4th grade students. “They're so excited. And we're just happy to see what they do.”
And the students held back no punches with their questions. They asked everything thing from “How do you become an officer?” and “What type of gun are you carrying?” to “Have you ever had to use your police baton?” to “What kind of calls do you have to go out on?”
Officers from Huntington Police, Huntington I-S-D, a constable and Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches gave students an insight into their jobs. Huntington ISD Police Chief Mike Jinkins has been in law enforcement for more than 20 years.
"It's just a good feeling of being in law enforcement and seeing so many kids involved, interact with us and actually like us," said Huntington ISD Police Chief Mike Jinkins.
The 4th and 5th graders took their appreciation to the next level by creating their own "Survival Kits for Law Enforcement Officers." They were loaded with what is important to a lot of kids in this age group: candy. A personal 'note of thanks' was attached to each bag. The students provided enough survival kits for the officers to take back to their departments.
Officers attending Tuesday celebration included From left: Brian Mitchell, Huntington PD; Angelina Co. Sheriff Greg Sanches; Huntington PD Chief Bobby Epperly; Angelina Co. Constable Chad Wilson; Huntington PD Officer AJ Noel, Huntington ISD Police Chief Mike Jinkins, and Hunting ISD Intermediate SRO Mike Jones.