Creative Safety Products will again present their 2016-2017 Officer Phil Program to the Portsmouth area Elementary Schools, starting on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.
Erin Wardell of Creative Safety says this will be their 21st year presenting the programs in Portsmouth. The Officer Phil Program’s topics this year are Respect, Bullying, and Stranger Awareness. With 41 years of experience and over one million students taught, Wardell says her company has learned that along with a little fun, like incorporating magic tricks and jokes into the educational lessons, comes a lot of learning.
She said the students will enjoy a 30-minute safety assembly and get to meet police officers from the Portsmouth Police Department, as well as Officer Phil’s pal Lucky the Duck, who will join the performer to help teach the students some of the lessons.
The program teaches children about stranger danger, the negative effects of bullying, fire safety, internet safety and respect for authority figures. They also encourage positive behavior like honesty, friendship, being a buddy not a bully, civic responsibility and knowing what to do in an emergency just to name a few. In many cases they have been credited with saving children’s lives.
“The Officer Phil program allows us to put officers face to face with area youth in a fun and entertaining learning environment,” Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware said. “The lessons taught are always well received by the students and the knowledge gained will give them the ability to avoid dangers and instill in them respect for others. Mutual respect is key to reducing conflict between people. Having officers participating in the program strengthens the bonds between officers and the youth we are trying to positively influence.”
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