PBSO Takes Elementary Students to LEGOLAND!Zimichi
On March 16, 2017, the City of Lake Worth – District 14 Community Policing Unit with the assistance of Legoland treated 40 students from North Grade and South Grade Elementary to a fun-filled day at Legoland in Winter Haven, Florida.
The field trip was a culmination of the hard work and effort of each student that participated in the “Breaking the Cycle of Gang Recruitment” program.
The program originated with the concept of mentoring elementary-aged children who could potentially have a high propensity of joining gangs or being associated with gangs.
The program consisted of a twelve week lesson plan geared towards the prevention of gang recruitment, reducing low self-esteem, and creating a positive relationship with law enforcement. During the curriculum, the students got to build a Lego car with the help of the Deputies. Past graduates of the program have gone to charter schools that offer pre-engineering programs. Also, many of the students have expressed interest in the auto mechanic and law enforcement field. A positive reinforcement of the “Breaking the Cycle of Gang Recruitment” program is the acknowledgment from school administrators who have expressed gratitude for an improvement in the behavior of the students that have participated in the program.
Not only did the students have a great time but so did our Deputies. It was an honor to work with all the students that participated in this program.