SEDGWICK-Students at Sedgwick elementary school got to get up close with first responders with a special lunch earlier today.
Wednesday’s lunch period at Sedgwick Elementary was a special time for police, firefighters and elementary school students alike.
The students got to connect and have fun with the emergency officials over some turkey, mash potatoes, and even green peas.
The head cook for the school, Rosemary Kane, who’s also married to the Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane, said the goal of the lunch was to recognize and honor the first responders for constantly putting their lives on the line.
“Of course law enforcement is near and dear to my heart, and so I wanted to celebrate first responders. They’re all unique in their own individual ways and it’s really good for the kids to see them in a different light other than in an emergency, to let them know that they’re their friend and they’re there if they need help,” Rosemary said.
And during the lunch, Sheriff Kane said the kids asked a lot of questions of him and the other first responders.
“Pass the stuffing and can you help me with this, those types of things. But then they wanted to know why everybody had different colored uniforms and why they were, and what their responsibilities were. So I took time to explain those things to them,” he said.
Staff from the school believe memorable moments like this can impact the kids’ lives down the road, maybe even get them interested in becoming first responders when it’s their time to pick a career.
“Because it’s such a great exposure that it might really get them to think if they want to go into that line whereas without the exposure it would be a distant thing and so I think it makes it very personal. When you’re sitting having lunch with somebody, that’s one on one personal contact so it’s going to be great,” Sedgwick Elementary 5th Grade Teacher Brian Adams said.