Photo Gallery: ARS students treat Sheriff's Office personnel to ice cream social
PHOTO: Sheriff Darren Campbell (standing) smiles on Monday during a visit from American Renaissance School first-graders.
BY MORGAN HOOKS
About 60 American Renaissance School first-graders walked into the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office at 12:30 p.m. Monday bearing cards, decorations, buckets of ice cream, and hearts full of appreciation. The students took turns decorating cups of ice cream with gummies, candy, and donuts for a law enforcement officer of their choosing.
The gesture, in honor of Law Enforcement Appreciation Week, brought a smile to the officers' faces, including Sheriff Darren Campbell.
As Campbell marveled over a cup of ice cream covered in black licorice, he said he was moved by the gesture.
“These kids are special to us. They always look out for us,” he said.
Campbell and his deputies have spent time with ARS students numerous times throughout the year, from showing the children the department’s educational trailer and bringing the drone and the K9 unit to ARS for class to simply reading to the children.
First-grade ARS teacher Lauren Oliphant shared that the event was “our children’s way of giving back to the officers.”
After the officers finished their ice cream, students attended a mock hearing in court.
Davie County Judge Lori Hamilton led the students through a trial, complete with student defendants, witnesses, lawyers, and jurors. She told the students if they studied hard and listened to their teachers they would be able to achieve their dreams.
“This was amazing. These children love [the officers],” Robyn Robbins, another ARS first grade teacher, said. “They’ll come visit us at American Renaissance, and the students will talk about them long after they’re gone.”