Carlsbad CA— Kindergarten students at Hope Elementary School welcomed officers of the Carlsbad Police Department, to their school, for Donuts and Coffee with a Cop.
“We started the “Great Kindness Challenge” with two other Carlsbad schools, several years ago, and that specific challenge was to see how many acts of kindness you can do in a week.” explained Hope Elementary School Principal, Richard Tubbs, “Of course we want to challenge and promote kindness throughout the year and every single day so this is a great way for us to show kindness with a cop.”
The kids rotated to various stations featuring a K-9 demonstration with Officer Alsonso DeVelasco and Tyson, a six-year-old German Shepard, a tour of the SWAT/Rescue vehicle, a CPD motorcycle and Officer Jake Jucenas reading ‘Keeping you Safe’ to the kids. The kids also had a chance just to sit enjoy some food and conversation with the officers.
“These kids participating in the rotations get to see up close and personal and learn the role the officers have to take care of our community.” said the Principal, “This is our first Coffee with a Cop. We are always looking for ways to get more involved with the community and for the community to be more involved with us. This is just a great way to do that.”
Along with an overdose of cute and conversation with the kids, the officers were treated to coffee, donuts and bagels, donated by Vons for the event. “The school was able to secure some donations from local companies, get them involved and every single officer in the department is getting a gift bag.” Along with food from Vons, Milton’s Bakery and Lululemons, each officer is receiving a flask from HydroFlask. “Those cups have like a $35- $40 value and each officer is getting one.” said Mr. Tubbs. Famulare Jewelers also donated to the cause. “The sign above the bags says it all.” said Principal Tubbs. The sign, decorated with dozens of little hand prints, reads “For all you have done and all you will do, I know I am safe because of you.”
“Kids at this age are so innocent.” said Officer Alsonso DeVelasco after the K-9 demonstrations, “We are so very blessed to have had an opportunity to come here today.”