BISD Implements Adopt an Officer Program
(Bastrop) – Bastrop ISD is pleased to announce the implementation of the “Adopt an Officer” program at its Child Development Centers at Emile Elementary and Cedar Creek Elementary. The program will run throughout the 2016-2017 school year. The students and staff at both sites are partnering with the BISD Police Department to provide opportunities for building positive relationships between children and the individuals who protect and serve our schools.
“This program is fantastic! It has so much educational value for the children,” says Kayla Russell, Program Manager for the BISD Child Development Centers. “Children will be learning and growing in all developmental areas while enjoying quality time with those who keep our communities safe.”
BISD Chief of Police Jeff Yarbrough, as well as Officer Dexter Carter, Officer Javier Flores, and Officer Zach Lopez, will visit the Child Development Center classrooms at Emile and Clear Creek to engage, encourage, and interact with the children. Students will get a firsthand look at the patrol car and other police equipment, and they also will learn about and discuss character traits such as courage, honesty, and trustworthiness. The plan is for officers to visit each site monthly.
The “Adopt an Officer” initiative comes from Frog Street Press, a Texas-based company that provides curriculum and other resources for early childhood. This is the first year of the initiative, and Bastrop ISD’s first time to participate.
Bastrop ISD is located 35 minutes southeast of Austin and serves more than 10,500 students from the communities of Bastrop, Cedar Creek, Red Rock, Rockne, Paige and other rural areas of Bastrop County.
For more information, contact Kristi Lee at (512) 772-7106.