About a year ago, every Alvin ISD Police officer was tasked with taking on additional responsibilities. These responsibilities included taking on a more proactive role in educating students on the dangers they may face in a variety of situations.
Knowing that she could count with the support of the district’s police department to enrich the education of Manvel High School students, assistant principal, Latoya Easter, asked the Alvin ISD Police Department to conduct a presentation for the senior and junior classes on an array of hot topics such as synthetic drugs and social media. During the planning phase, Officer Paula Parker suggested to also add the safe teen driving topic to the presentation. Officer Parker, along with Officer Teresa Garrett, put together a plan to engage the students during what would be an almost 3 hour presentation.
On April 1, Parker and Garrett, with the assistance of the Manvel EMS senior paramedic, Stephanie Enloe, led few awareness sessions specially designed to educate young teenagers not only about the dangers of irresponsible usage of social media, synthetic drugs, and distracted driving, but also to inform them about the legal consequences of these acts.
“I believe educating our youth of today to the reality of issues they are most often faced with, offers them an insight that may one day be the positive influence they reflect back on. I love educating, mentoring, and informing students. To offer students any advice that could one day be their saving grace, is the drive behind my passion,” said Parker.
An important part of the presentation was that students were able to assist with the delivery of the messages. The Manvel High School Theater Department selected students from its program to act out skits prior to each presentation. The skits were written by the students, in collaboration with Easter and the school’s theater director, David Soward. The skits portrayed the students irresponsibly using social media, and consuming alcohol and drugs. Each skit showed the consequences of these acts and how they could negatively impact the lives of students.
“We hope to expand our efforts to include additional officers at more campuses. Officer Parker is currently taking the lead in this effort, but it is our ultimate goal to have all our officers involved in this effort. Their willingness and ability to fulfill this educational mandate will be a requirement for employment,” added Alvin ISD Police Commander Jorge Trevino.
The Alvin ISD Police Department is working with the district Guidance Coordinator, Chenda Moore, and with Ana Pasarella, the district Family Engagement Coordinator, to offer a Parent Awareness Summit on May 9. The Summit will be held at Fairview Junior High School and is open to all the parents in the Alvin ISD community. This will be the first of a series of Parent Awareness Summits that will be offered during the upcoming 2015-16 school year.