A sweet Valentine surprise


The students at Montgomery Elementary School received a sweet and unexpected visit on Valentine's Day –– from the Montgomery Police Department. On Thursday, Feb. 14, five officers brought the young students candy, a bookmark and a message about kindness. The officers briefly visited each classroom and Police Chief John Schmidt spoke to them about how Valentine's Day was about being nice to one another, something that should be done every day. He also asked them to include everyone when they played on the playground. Another purpose for visiting the classrooms, said Officer Terry Hayes, was to get to know the kids and to dispel any fear the children may have regarding police. The officers are pictured above in Teacher Cyndi Voegele's first grade classroom. They are (from left) Chief Schmidt, and Officers John Pesta and Hayes. Not pictured are Officers Pat Nelson and Pete Bulger. The students responded to the police department's kind act with excitement and appreciation. "I wasn't expecting them to come in," said fourth grade student Jordyn Brownlee. "It was really nice of them". (Lori Nickel Photo)

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