Usually you see Elementary kids getting off of big yellow school buses, but Syringa 2nd graders showed up to Pocatello City Hall in Pocatello Regional Transit buses to get the full experience of riding on a city public transportation bus while learning what it takes to run an entire city.
"They want to learn to learn a little bit about what city government does for them and their community,” says, Dianne Brush, Pocatello Police Department.
While the students were at City Hall they were introduced to Pocatello Police and the new K9 dog.
"It's extremely important to talk to children, especially in the grade school level and help them develop an understanding that law enforcement is there to help them and that law enforcement has a role in the community that enforcing the laws is part of what they do,” added Brush.
Syringa students not only got a safety lesson by Pocatello Police, but they also got to meet and ask Mayor Blad questions.
"Our current unit is on community, so we brought the students here so that they could get a positive view of the police department as well as knowing what they do, what our mayor does and just seeing how the city hall works for our community,” says, Erin Bullock, Syringa 2nd grade teacher.
2nd grade teacher Erin Bullock says she believes that children learn more when they are exposed to real life experiences.
"I hope that they see how many people it takes for our community to function and how important every worker and every person that is in our community. How they contribute to us as a whole,” added Bullock.
The kids were very excited about the trip and they are going to write Mayor Blad a letter.
This is the first year they have done this trip, and they hope to continue it for years to come.