THIRD GRADERS FROM WINDERMERE ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL LEARN ABOUT CIVICS
In what has become an October tradition, the third grade students of Windermere Elementary took a walk to the Windermere Town Hall to learn about the town's government, police department and fire department. It took two mornings to accommodate all nine of the classes in half day sessions where they learned about their community.
A project that started out as an experiment in educating students about their government and civics has now evolved into an annual event that provides a foundation for the student’s involvement in government and an opportunity to meet the local leaders in their community.
They were greeted by Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn who provided them with a history of the town and then discussed how the town functions and the services that are provided. They then heard from Windermere Deputy Police Chief Arthur Mueller and Ocoee Fire Chief Pete McNeil. One by one, each of them took time to explain the job that they do, how their departments operate and then answer the many questions that the students had.
Then the classes were given presentations on the equipment that is used and they were able to hold a police officer’s protective vest, sit in the front of a police vehicle, look at all of the life saving tools that their Fire Department uses and learn what a day in the life of a firefighter is like. And after a full morning of learning, they visited Allen’s Creamery for a snack before heading back to school.
Mayor Bruhn said “I always enjoy talking to the students and I believe they learn a lot from these field trips. Every year they ask some very good questions and some of them often stay behind to ask even more questions.”