Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
Fourth-grade teacher Jennifer Davis was inspired by her husband, a Fairfax County police officer, to create this special event. “Our hope is that our students will continue to trust and continue to build positive relationships with our school security team and other first responders throughout their school careers and beyond,” Davis said.
Benton Middle School’s Lauren Carter, a math and science teacher, also helped out by soliciting community businesses and organizations for donations. Along with breakfast, each first responder received a gift card. Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Foster’s Grill and Chick-fil-A were among the businesses that made donations. Marshall Elementary teachers and staff also chipped in to show their appreciation for the service that first responders provide for the community.
Fourth-grader Logan VanAntwerp enjoyed the event. “It was fun, and I liked all the other officers being there. I would like for students who do not have parents who are police officers to know that they risk their lives every day,” he said.
Davis will be transferring to Glenkirk Elementary next school year, and she hopes to start the tradition of the first responders’ breakfast there. Marshall Elementary plans to continue to host this special event annually as well.