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McKenna Students Build Relationships With Local Police

In recognition of National Police Week, McKenna Elementary School welcomed the local men and women in blue on May 10.

Officers from the Nassau County Police Department’s Seventh Precinct POP Unit visited to talk about their jobs, provide safety tips and show some of the equipment that they use. At an assembly in the auditorium, Police Officer Joe Cangro talked about stranger danger, bicycle safety and the importance of calling 911 in an emergency. He also showed students some of his tactical gear.

Children then went outside and met with officers Christina Prisco, Ray Luthy and Ryan Zimmerman. Following a bicycle safety demonstration in the front driveway, students got to see four police cars including two regular patrol vehicles, an unmarked car and an ATV that is used in areas such as the Massapequa Preserve.

McKenna Principal Dr. Amanda Lowry and Assistant Principal Mary Anne Ferraro said that the goal of the day was to build relationships within the community, as students got to meet people who are there to protect them.