Elected officials visit elementary students
BERRYVILLE -- Berryville leaders and elected officials took time to visit with local elementary students recently. Berryville Mayor Tim McKinney, Fire Chief Doug Johnson, Sheriff Bob Grudek, and County Judge Sam Barr were joined by representatives from the Berryville library and Mercy Hospital at the morning assembly in the Berryville Elementary Cafetorium. Elementary school teacher Sue Clanton, who organized the event, said each leader shared with the students their name, title, and a simplified description of how they serve the community. She said Berryville elementary students were following state curricula and studying the concept of community.
"Kindergarten primarily studies their school community," she said, "but they also learn about doctors, firemen, and police. First graders expand their studies to include their town and state, and second graders further expand their studies to include community leaders like the mayor, county judge, and sheriff.
"It's nice for them to see a real police officer and not just one on the coloring page."
Clanton said students had plenty to say about the experience in classroom discussions after the assembly. The children noted how brave the speakers were to talk in front of such a large audience. They also learned that they had things in common with the speakers. They learned that the mayor also went to Berryville School, that he likes the fair, and that he uses the community center and city pool, Clanton said. Before leaving, the speakers encouraged students to study hard and be good citizens, she said. She said the speakers "opened the door to more study, gave the students a bigger picture of their world, and encouraged them with their words and presence." "We feel they did an excellent job and appreciate their time and interest in our students."