Fourth grade students at Bucyrus Elementary School took time to show their appreciation to public safety forces prior to the holiday break. The assembly, held in the BES auditorium Dec. 22, was organized entirely by fourth grade students with guidance from their teachers.
“Our fourth grade team of teachers was looking for a way to spread some holiday cheer to our community, and a way to have students sharpen their leadership skills,” fourth grade teacher Tiffany Powers said. “We came up with an idea to thank the first responders in our community with a gift bag of goodies.”
The teachers turned the idea over to the fourth grade student government to plan and implement their ideas. Students developed ideas of how they could share what they have been learning in school with community members, and present them with their gifts.
“The students came up with the idea to have student greeters meet our visitors at the door and escort them to our auditorium,” Powers said. “From there they shared the seven habits of Leader in Me, sing songs, and personally thank all of our first responders.”
Officers from the Bucyrus Police and Fire Departments, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol all attended the event.
“The fourth grade students and their teachers did a fantastic job organizing this event,” Elementary School Principal Erica Dietzel said. “Our public safety forces make tremendous sacrifices, and it’s important that we all show them how grateful we are for their service.”