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Soaring Hawk Students Honor Castle Rock Police Officer

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Soaring Hawk Elementary, like many elementary schools in Douglas County School District, weave Habits of Character into the fabric of the school’s culture. An Expeditionary Learning model, the practice instills positive values and virtues by having students practice them in the same way they would develop a physical skill or habit, by repetition.

Each month, Soaring Hawk recognizes students who show Habits of Character in an assembly; recently, though, several classes of students had a different suggestion on whom to recognize. This time, it wouldn’t be a student, it would be Castle Rock Police Officer Todd West.

As part of Douglas County School District’s School Marshal Program, officers from Castle Rock Police, Lone Tree, Parker, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office make regular unannounced visits to DCSD schools. Officer West has become a regular friendly face in the halls of Soaring Hawk Elementary in Castle Rock.  He is frequently playing with students outside during recess, checking in with them at lunch, and hiding Castle Rock PD stickers around the building for the kids to find.

During the assembly, students presented him with words of thanks, notes, banners, pictures, balloons, and even doughnuts.

“He shows that he cares for each and every person here at Soaring Hawk by being available to talk to if we need him and being a friendly face,” said Soaring Hawk administrative assistant Megan Coyle.  “Our students and staff feel safe because of him.  We are so appreciative for everything that he does.”



February 12, 2018 | By CSilberman | Category: Schools

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