Community Helpers Day
“Community helpers” visit Richardson Child Development Center to give students real-world learning experience
Students at the Richardson Child Development Center had been learning all about community helpers — public safety workers, teachers, farmers, postal workers, medical personnel and others — through classroom lessons.
On October 29, they got to interact with real-life community helpers who visited the center for the first-ever Community Helpers Day.
Principal Angie Bertran-Harris said they have had police officers and firefighters visit in the past, but this was the first attempt to arrange a large-scale event.
The success of the event was thanks in large part to the Parent Advisory Committee and specifically Mr. Chris Johnson who was instrumental in garnering participation from local agencies.
“He went above and beyond to make this event a success,” Bertran-Harris said. “We cannot thank him enough.”
Johnson, whose child is a student at Richardson Center, is police officer with BPD and arranged for others in law enforcement, city and county fire, Hall Ambulance, a postal worker, the Bureau of Land Management and others to come out for a meaningful day of real-world learning.
The students walked class by class to nearly a dozen emergency vehicles, talked with the community helpers on hand, got to sit in a SWAT vehicle and pet a search and rescue dog, among other activities.
The Parent Advisory Committee also hosted a pumpkin patch on campus where every student got to pick out a pumpkin to take home.