North Verdemont Elementary honors community heroes

IECN Photo Ricardo Tomboc The various agencies participating during this ceremony took time to pose with the Boy and Girl Scouts who took an active role during the presentation.
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On Friday, September 15 North Verdemont Elementary School in San Bernardino honored local Public Safety workers in the community. The school’s multipurpose room was packed with several hundred students, parents, teachers, and school staff members.

Students honored each agency at a time. The San Bernardino City Unified School District Police Department was given tribute by the third graders led by Dr. Barkdoll.

The California Highway Patrol was recognized by second graders led by Mrs. Steiringer, while the San Bernardino Police Department was honored by fifth graders led by Mrs. Cornett and Ms. Duplissis.

Mrs. Brinkerhoff and fourth graders applauded the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and San Bernardino County Fire Department #232 was given tribute by third graders and Ms. Tamayo.

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Smokey the Bear appeared with the U.S. Forestry Service and honored by first graders along with Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Durkiewz, Ms. Gilesspie, and Mr. Rightnar.

Throughout the ceremony, Boy and Girl Scouts played an active role during the presentations.

IECN Photo Ricardo Tomboc
Officer Josh Barkdoll poses with Dr. Susan Barkdoll and the Girl Scouts after the San Bernardino City Unified School District Police Department received its recognition.

Each of the agencies was given a special gift from the students, including a plant and cake to take back to their various departments.

The Law Enforcement Officers attending the ceremony were treated to a music video created by the school that featured several of the students, parents and teachers. “Bad Boys” cops theme song played in the background while the actors played out a police action drama!

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