NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Some Metro police officers spent some time reading to students at Kipp Kirkpatrick Elementary School Friday morning.
The visit was part of the school’s monthly “Greeting Day,” but also served as an opportunity to build positive relations with the east Nashville students.
“You know, a lot of times, especially when dealing with young children and their maybe only perception or interaction with police has just been in unfortunate circumstances,” Sgt. Michael Fisher said.
Each month, Principal Amy Galloway rolls out the welcome mat for the east precinct officers, inviting them to meet and spend time with students each month in an effort to change negative perceptions.
“They get to see a more human role and it’s great because these kids come in and you’ve got 100 kids come up and give you a hug in the morning and they’re excited to see us,” Fisher said.
Galloway added, “It is also real important that kids see police officers as positive people in the community.”
The elementary school is also looking for positive male role models for students. Anyone who is interested should contact the school at 615-262-6708.