Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bilingual Skills Are Put To the Test

Officer Jordan Johnson (left) with  a Blue Valley ESOL
Kindergarten Class.
The Overland Park Police Department (OPPD) has partnered with the Blue Valley School District (BVSD) since its inception.  OPPD has provided D.A.R.E. Officers in the past and currently staffs all BVSD high schools and middle schools with School Resource Officers (SRO).

One of the many activities we are honored to participate in is speaking requests to students.  On June 20th, 2014 Officer Jordan Johnson was asked to partner with Blue Valley School Officers to teach kindergarten students about police officers.  This particular class was somewhat of a challenge for the officers because English is the second language of the students.
Officer Jordan, a bilingual officer, speaks Spanish and was happy to assist the class in providing instruction in both languages.  He, and the other officers, made a quick connection with the students and they very much enjoyed talking with the officers and seeing the police equipment. 

We value our continued partnership with the BVSD and all the students in our City.  Tammi Graff, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Teacher, said “the kids were thrilled with the presentation” and “pulling the police car up by the building, out of the rain, so the students didn’t have to miss the car experience was perfect”.