KINGMAN – Kingman Academy High School students showed their support for law enforcement this week.
In celebration of National Police Week, KAHS Special Education teacher Kristi Grasser and her students made 120 “survival kits,” otherwise known as gift bags full of soda, chips, donuts and candy to distribute to Kingman Police, Mohave County Sheriff’s and local Arizona Department of Public Safety personnel.
“We’re always looking for way to connect with law enforcement in the community,” Grasser said.
Twelve KPD officers, including Deputy Chief Rusty Cooper, made their way to KAHS Wednesday afternoon. According to Grasser and School Resource Officer Cpl. Stacey Mayo, the officers had no idea why they were invited to the school.
When they showed up, one of Grasser’s students made announcements and initiated a countdown over the school loudspeakers. As uniformed and plain clothed officers walked in, they were greeted with handshakes and high-fives from the students.
The officers took time to explain the importance of their jobs and chatted briefly with the students.
Grasser and Mayo noticed nervousness in a few of the teens.
“The uniform is a gap,” Mayo said. “Some of the only experiences some of these kids have with law enforcement are negative. Seeing officers in a positive environment calms them down.”
Outside the school, Officer Jack King and Sgt. Evan Kunert were sifting through the contents of their gift bags.
“We’ve got more boxes we’ll take to officers who couldn’t be here,” King said. “The kids are just thanking us for our service.”
“This was an informal ‘Thank You,’” Grasser said. “We wanted them to know we appreciate their efforts.”