Children get turn at playing cops

2015-08-11 06:01
Six pupils from HJ Kronenberg Primary School visited their local police station last week to learn what it would be like to become police officers themselves.

Six pupils from HJ Kronenberg Primary School visited their local police station last week to learn what it would be like to become police officers themselves.

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Six pupils from HJ Kronenberg Primary School in Maitland got to live what they wanted to be when they grow up when the visited the Kensington police station on Tuesday last week.

This follows a #Feedadream campaign by a CPUT students with the Peninsula School Feeding Association, launched two months ago when they visited the school.

Every pupil was asked to write down what they wanted to be when they grow up. The students vowed to help them to get closer to their dreams. This was a way to motivate the pupils, as well as to give them a feel of their dreams becoming a reality.

Fourth-year public relations student Aphiwe Faku says the pupils wrote many inspiring things and they had to take them a step closer to their dreams.

“We received a lot of things. Others wanted to be doctors, police officers whilst others wanted to be nurses and others just wished to go for a walk at the beach whilst others wanted dolls. The responses that we got were so moving,” he says.

The pupils’ outing started when they were picked up in a police van which drove to the police station with sirens blazing.

“Children are so innocent and they talk from their hearts. They spoke about how crime affected them and how they wanted to arrest those who did bad things.

“They were excited about the day as they had a lot to learn. They were taken around the police station to see what it looks like. They had an exciting time when they also had an opportunity to wear a bulletproof vest. You could see that the kids were happy about being police officers,” says Faku.

Faku says they are glad that as students they could do this for the pupils.

“Many of us never had such an opportunity. It makes me happy that with what we do the children will work harder towards realising their dreams and they will work even harder knowing what they really want to do is a reality and they have had a feel of it. I have no doubt that we have planted something in these kids and they will work towards realising their dreams,” says Faku.

Kensington police spokesperson Sergeant David Stemmet says it was an enjoyable day for the pupils.

“We took them around the police station and they had to be in the van so that they have the real feel of the policemen at work. It was a day of fun and they learnt a lot about our work, hoping they will grow to join the police,” he says

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