SPRING LAKE HEIGHTS — The Spring Lake Heights Police Department hosted the SLH Little Lions Pre-K classes for their second annual trip to the police headquarters on June 2.
Ten preschoolers visited in the morning, and later in the afternoon, nine more showed up from Little Lions Pre-K classes. During this time, the students were shown the equipment carried within patrol cars and given a tour of the inside of the police headquarters.
At the conclusion of the visit, the officers joined the class for a snack on the Spring Lake Heights Borough Gazebo, located next to the Spring Lake Heights Police Department.
The students went home with a beach bucket, bubbles, beach toys and other assorted goodies courtesy of the police department.
SLH Preschool teacher Amanda Tiedeken said their curriculum includes “play themes” that tie into the trip and how the students interacted with the police.
“This Spring, for our ‘Community Helpers’ play theme, we had a fire station, police department and post office center. Students used cardboard boxes, construction paper, markers and paint and other assorted craft materials to construct a police car, two fire trucks, radios, badges, and other tools or equipment they need to play and perform these roles,” said Mrs. Tiedeken.
According to Ms. Tiedeken, students practiced writing and literacy skills by writing tickets and filling out forms and papers, and they practiced numbers by writing phone numbers and sorting mail by number and shape in the post office.
“To go along with our theme, we set up our class trip to the Police station so that students can have a first-hand and most engaging learning experience,” she said.
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