Adults enjoyed height advantages, while kids had numerical superiority Dec. 18 as about 45 Maddox Elementary School students who earned good …
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Adults enjoyed height advantages, while kids had numerical
superiority Dec. 18 as about 45 Maddox Elementary School students
who earned good citizenship honors for the quarter got to spend
part of the afternoon playing basketball and volleyball with police
officers and firefighters.
Teachers Lacey Fulton and Mary Zachariah accompanied the
students. Fulton said to earn the good citizenship program reward,
a student has to turn in all homework and be a good citizen in and
out of the classroom.
The first quarter, the students who earned the reward played
kickball with the police officers and firefighters.
“This reward is a big deal for the kids,” Fulton said. “They
work hard to get on the list and we have more kids make it this
quarter that we did last quarter.”
The students split into two groups. One group played basketball,
the other group played volleyball. Then, halfway through the event,
the groups switched sports.
Fulton said the whole purpose of the reward afternoon was for
the students to have fun. Judging from the cheering and smiles on
the faces of adults and kids, the project hit the bulls-eye.
In addition to police officers and firefighters, McGruff, the
Crime Dog was on hand to play ball with the kids. The dog in the
trench coat took time to shake hands with kids and Bryce Pascarand
gave him a huge smile form his wheelchair when the crime dog
greeted the boy and shook his hand.
Fourth-grader Leah Crane said the idea of playing sports against
police officers and firefighters helped motivate her to focus on
her schoolwork and earning the good citizenship honors.
“This is so much fun,” the girl said during a break in the
action. “I get to play sports with my friends and it’s cool the
police and fire people are here playing ball with us.”
Sara Hyde had similar comments.
She too liked hanging out with her friends and liked the idea of
having police officers and firefighters on the courts with
Based on the comments, the adults found the event fun too.
For example, Englewood Police Officer Mike O’Connor said it was
great to get out like this and have fun with the kids. He said it
is a chance to let kids see police officer and firefighters are
“I for one, am glad I can do events like this,” he said. “The
kids say they look forward to it and we do too. I think it is a
great event that is a lot of fun for everyone.”
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