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Unqua Students Get an Up Close Look at Law Enforcement

More than 50 police officers, first responders and law enforcement professionals visited Unqua Elementary School on Jan. 9, sharing insight into their jobs and showcasing many of the tools they use on a daily basis. 

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is a national initiative to show support for men and women who dedicate their lives to keeping communities safe. For the fourth year in a row, Unqua welcomed officers from numerous agencies including the Nassau County Police Department, New York City Police Department, Port Authority Police and corrections officers. Students got to learn about specialized units such as the bomb squad, emergency ambulance bureau and canine unit during assembly programs and classroom visits.

Many of the visiting police officers included family members of Unqua students, who were proud to talk about their careers and share interesting stories. They showed some of the equipment they use from helmets and bullet-proof vests to handcuffs and radios.

In a greeting room for officers, there was a Christmas tree decorated with paper police shields colored by students. A video continuously played featuring Flipgrid recordings by students who spoke about the reasons they are appreciative of law enforcement personnel.

Assistant Principal Laura Hulsaver coordinated the police officer visits and fifth grade student council members, under the direction of advisers Leanne Leder and Deanna Musacchia, prepared goody bags for the guests. PTA members Stacy Hock and Cindi St. George decorated the welcome room and provided refreshments. Students and staff throughout the school wore blue.