Officers, teacher at Strough have recipe for student engagement


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

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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