Playworks Southern California’s AmeriCorps team launched a new year of service at Cesar Chavez Elementary September 11.
The meaning and gravity of such a momentous day often escapes many youth, especially those who were not even born at the time. Reinforcing the value of building a healthy community at Chavez, Playworks invited the California Highway Patrol, Norwalk Sheriff’s Station, and Fire Station 20 to speak about their jobs and what they do for the local community.
More than 70 students lined up and cheered as the firefighters drove in on an enormous fire truck. Students and parents were given an extensive tour around the fire truck by our high-spirited Playworks coaches and fire engine crewmembers. ‘Can I see the chain-saw?’ ‘What is this, called?’ The questions near the truck were endless; even more curiosity came from the students as a two police cars cruised up besides the fire engine.
The tour moved forward to the California Highway Patrol vehicle, where everyone was able to see all the gadgets and tools of the trade. Everyone at Chavez had a great time, sitting in on a listening circle besides the handball court as an officer spoke about the meaning of September 11. The event concluded with the best part: filling out personal ‘Thank You Cards’ for all of those who serve the community and delivering them personally to the police and fire departments of the community.