2018-04-15 / News

‘Blue Plate Lunch’ program aims to build positive relationships


Michigan State Police Trooper Joel Perkins shared lunch with fourth-grade student Logan Pearson as part of the school’s Blue Plate Lunch program. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Michigan State Police Trooper Joel Perkins shared lunch with fourth-grade student Logan Pearson as part of the school’s Blue Plate Lunch program. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese LAPEER — Youngsters at Turrill Elementary School on Wednesday were treated to a special visitor during lunch. Michigan State Police Trooper Joel Perkins joined students like fourth-grader Logan Pearson as part of the school’s Blue Plate Lunch program. Troopers also visit with students at Murphy Elementary as part of the program.

The program, said Turrill Elementary principal Bob Downey, is a great idea to get law enforcement into the schools and build those positive relationships. “There is more to schools than just education. It’s what’s going on outside the classroom too,” said Downey. The Blue Plate Lunches also help to build a bridge between students and local law enforcement in order to establish the trust needed to be able to “say something” should the need arise, said Downey. “That’s why a program like this is so important, it builds that trust,” he said.

Nicholas Pugliese

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