Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department visits elementary schools

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The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department, along with some special guests, visited students at a local elementary school on Monday.

Characters like Safety Pup, Scruff McGruff, and the Chick-Fil-A Cow, all stopped by as a part of the school’s annual safety program.

“It gives the younger kids kind of a role model to listen to and experience from what they are saying,” said Berkeley County Sheriff Kenny Lemaster.

Throughout the month of March, Berkeley County Schools will be partnering up with the sheriffs department to provide 15 primary schools with an interactive safety assembly.

“A lot of planning took place; a number of years ago and the past three or four years we kind of brought it back into the school system,” Lemaster said.

This year’s addition to the program included a skit presented by students from Spring Mills High School.

“We read them stories. We did skits, and the response from students was amazing,” said high school student, Stephanie Johnson.

Johnson said she remembers what it was like to be in elementary school. 

“Once I was sitting on these floors watching these amazing firefighters and police officers, and now, I’m working with them to teach these kids,” Johnson said.

The assembly covered drugs, strangers and safety tips that were suitable for children in kindergarten through third grade.

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