Officers, teacher at Strough have recipe for student engagement

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The School Resource Officers at Strough Middle School have been very busy this past month, according to an educator at Strough Middle School, not with unruly students but with a creative effort to connect with students, helping them learn a little about investigation and a
lot about making positive
decisions.

Officers Ryan P. Crever; Albert J. Ciccone; Stewart Rood and Jay DiMaggio took time out of their schedules recently to collaborate with Ann Capecelatro and her seventh-grade Family and Consumer Science classes.

In one case, the classroom kitchen lab was set up as a “kitchen crime scene” with various “kitchen safety crimes” on display. Student “investigators” had to identify the safety concerns and outlined suggestions to create a “safe kitchen.”

To demonstrate their learning, students had a choice of designing a poster, press release, poem or newscast. “Overall, the projects were outstanding and very creative,” said Capecelatro.

On a different day, the same officers came to Capecelatro’s seventh grade classes to give a presentation about the role of School Resource Officer in school as well as the career path, education and skills required for a career in law enforcement.

“The students were thrilled with the opportunity to hear about all of the equipment and gear, tour a police cruiser and ask questions,” Capecelatro said, adding she was thankful for the officers’ “dedication and service to our students and community.”

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