By Rebecca Zeigler
Early in February the elementary students here at Calvary Christian School were treated to a field trip. The students toured Gilroy Police Department and were accompanied by several Peace Officers. The Police Officers showed no end of patience and knowledge as they answered the children’s questions and showed the students around the facilities.
The students were able to observe the amazing work done by the 911 call-center staff. The Gilroy Police Department opened the vehicle garage, which was full of police cars, motorcycles, and SWAT vehicles. The kids also got a tour of the holding cells and interrogation rooms. Most importantly, the police officers showed the truth that everyone deserves to be treated humanely. Their obvious concern for their jobs and love for the community inspired many kids to started thinking about their future roles in the community.
After a their time at the police department, the kids took a break to enjoy lunch. Across the street, the Gilroy Library prepared to be the next stop for the kids. They were split into two groups, according to grade level. Each group was given a tour of the library and learned about researching topics and navigating all of the resources available in the public library.
While one group was participating in the tour, the librarians walked the other group through a fun art project. The kids were encouraged to ask questions and invited to return. Each child was able to take home his art project and memories of an educational and fun trip. On the drive home many children commented that this field trip made them want to help others in their community. Many said they wanted to be police officers, police dispatchers, librarians, or even detectives.
It is essential for children to understand the necessity of helping others. The students not only gained a dream to serve others, but they learned valuable lessons about life. God tells us to interact with those in our community and to be willing to give help when help is needed: “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”