Pre-K students tour Mount Vernon
Pre-kindergarten students toured Mount Vernon to see all the community helpers throughout the month of December. The “hop on, hop off” bus tour visited the fire and police departments, grocery store, library, post office, Board of Education office, City Hall and more.
“This tour gave our students the opportunity to see all the amazing places in Mount Vernon,” said Dr. Gayle White Wallace, Director of Pre-K, Gifted and Talented, and Special Projects.
“It is important that our children know the place they call home.”
Students had the opportunity to learn about community helpers’ jobs.
“A lot of what we do is when someone calls for help, we get into the police car and drive to where they are so we can help them,” said Lieutenant Gregory Addison, Mount Vernon police officer.
Lieutenant Addison made sure students knew when it is appropriate to call 911 and even showed them the room where calls are taken.
The fire department also made sure students knew what number to call for an emergency and not to hide from the firefighters when they come to help.
Another stop on the tour was City Hall where students met Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard.
“As Mayor, I have to lead the city,” said Mayor Patterson-Howard. “We make sure the community is safe and clean and that we have good programs for our young people.”
Each stop was a reminder to students that there are people who work to help others in the community. Each role is crucial to building the Mount Vernon community up and keeping it safe.
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