GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) — Students at St. Mark Lutheran School are learning that one act of kindness can go a long way thanks to the Green Bay Police Department.
Just before Thanksgiving, students and staff at St. Mark Lutheran School decided to do something kind for the Green Bay Police Department. The police department decided to reciprocate the kindness by visiting the students on Monday.
“I was really surprised,” said Chief Andrew Smith, Green Bay Police Department.
A few weeks ago, every officer with the Green Bay Police Department received an individual gift bag.
“They were comparing what they got, you know, the Subway gift card, or the hand warmers, or beef jerky, things like that, it was really touching,” said Smith
It was touching because the gift bags started with an idea from the students and families at St. Mark Lutheran School.
“It started as a Thrivent action team project. That is a project they offer where they will give you $250 to kind of snowball effect generosity, so this is the project I came up with this year,” said Sarah Hermann, a mother who helped coordinate event.
“I thought what an awesome idea. What a great opportunity for us to give back to the community, especially in a time when police departments are under attack in towns, and to have our kids learn respect for police and to show love and caring for them,” said Principal Kyle Gut, St. Mark Lutheran School.
In an effort to show the students that kindness is contagious, the Green Bay Police Department decided to visit the school Monday.
“Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the gifts and treats you sent to us last week. It was awesome and we really appreciate it,” said one police officer.
Saying thank you is one thing, but showing it is another so to show their gratitude toward the students, just like the students did to them, the Green Bay Police Department decided to do more than just say those two words.
“We brought our horses, we brought some of our equipment and we wanted to give the kids a chance to see it,” said Smith.
“I hope that they get to know the police officers, again have respect for them, not afraid of them, but in the future that they can have a better relationship with them,” said Gut.
“It really means a lot to us to know that the community we are out there working to protect and serve really appreciates the work our police officers are doing,” said Smith.