Some things, we can hope, will never change. Kids who raise their hands during presentations to ask questions, but instead tell stories are probably one of those things. So is the time-honored lunchroom tradition of swapping whatever’s on your tray or in your lunchbox for something else.
Snoqualmie’s Police Chief Steve McCulley was reminded of both those things on his recent visit to Jennifer Gjurasic’s fourth-grade class at Snoqualmie Elementary School. He was there to thank the class, all of whom wrote thank-you notes to the local police and firefighters last month, on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington D.C.
“We just thanked them for their service,” Gjurasic said.
None of her students had even been born then, which made the tragedy, from their perspective, history. McCulley reassured the class, saying they shouldn’t worry about it happening here, and confirming that they knew what to do—call him, of course—if it ever did.
“We will take care of it,” McCulley said.
He also reminded the class about safety precautions like the seatbelt law — one girl gasped in shock when she heard that she had to be 13 or older to ride in the front seat —the bike helmet law and the bike helmets and free bicycle rodeo the police department hosts every summer, and gun safety, including the free gun locks that are available at the station.
Finally, it was time for lunch, and the students’ antics to make a trade with McCulley. Although he couldn’t stay long, McCulley tried to talk to each student before he left. He also put a new twist on another tradition; he left the class with several boxes of doughnuts.
Pulling up their own chairs for better access to the police chief, Giovanni Tiv, left, and Ben Williams launch into a story, while Steve McCulley listens intently.
Police Chief Steve McCulley had to go through the Snoqualmie elementary School lunch line like everybody else when he visited Jennifer Gjurasic's students recently.