Local private Christian school Shenandoah Baptist Academy honored policemen, firemen and emergency medical personnel with a First Responders Appreciation Day on Thursday. Invitations were sent …
Local private Christian school Shenandoah Baptist Academy honored policemen, firemen and emergency medical personnel with a First Responders Appreciation Day on Thursday.
Invitations were sent to first responders in Bradley County and Polk County, to take part in a series of activities in their honor.
"We realize we are not just bringing up strong Christians and great students. Ultimately, we we're bringing up future citizens of Cleveland," said Principal Daniel Grant. "We want them to learn to respect and appreciate our first responders."
The morning's activities began with a chapel service held in their honor. Grant offered words of thanks and spoke about the valuable role first responders play. A choir of students also treated the honorees to some patriotic songs.
The special guests were then invited to visit with students in their classrooms, where the students thanked them for their service. They also spoke about their careers, answering many questions the students had.
Afterward, they were ushered into the gym, where they were offered a lunch of barbecue with all the trimmings.
Many of the honorees offered their own words of thanks to the eager students who welcomed them, and Grant said he hopes all the first responders left feeling encouraged.
"There's no doubt that the society these students are being raised in today is not always encouraging support for law enforcement," Grant said. "We wanted to help counteract that."
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