If the shoe fits – elementary kids go on shopping spreeApr 15, 2021 12:01PM ● By Becky Ginos
LAYTON—Students from Hill Field Elementary were treated to a shopping spree last week at Famous Footwear where Clearfield City Police officers helped them find a new pair of shoes.
“A private donor gave us funds at Christmas and wanted to help again in the spring,” said Assistant Principal Nancy Call. “He was pretty specific that he wanted it used in certain ways like giving children new shoes.”
Clearfield City picked up the kids from the school in their recreation bus and transported them to the store. When they arrived, a police officer was assigned to each child and then went up and down the aisles to find just the right shoes.
“It’s fun to get kids out with officers as much as we can,” said Clearfield Assistant Chief Devin Rogers. “We want to show them that police officers are people too.”
“We have a good relationship with Hill Field Elementary,” said Trevor Cahoon, Communication Manager for Clearfield City. “They called us for a ride and we said 'what if we help with the police department?’ We love to be involved in the community. Anything we can do to interact with the community is great.”
Cahoon said the city has hosted lunch with the mayor for a number of years. “The five elementaries come to the city building and take a tour of the police department, the public works department and other departments.”
That relationship has grown over time, he said. “We want the kids to see what happens in the city and what makes it run. They get hands on with police patrol cars – it’s a fun experience.”
First graders Max and Jackson were showing off their Minecraft skills with their new shoes. “You can customize blue shoes in Minecraft,” said Max, holding up a pair of blue shoes.
“They make you jump higher and run faster,” said Jackson.
Clearfield Police Sgt. Chris Ferra was following little Colton all over the store in search of Crocs. “He only likes Crocs,” he said. “This is a lot of fun. It’s always nice to get out with the kids and have positive interactions and spend time chatting in this type of manner. We deal with kids on the job – but that’s not always good.”