by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (April 26, 2018) – Lansing Christian School combined Young Authors Day, an alumni visit, and a Career Day on Tuesday, April 24. Young Authors Day is an annual event, and this year grades 1–5 gathered together to enjoy Officer Buckle and Gloria, a Caldecott Medal book by Peggy Rathmann, read by Mrs. Karri Tempelman, Mrs. Linda Buteyn, and Mr. Jon Postma.
Since the book is about a police officer and a K-9 officer, it was appropriate to invite Lansing’s Officer Keith Haan and his police canine Rico to meet the students. Officer Luke Tambrini and his police canine Dante also visited from the Lynwood Police Department. Lansing Detective Greg Schoon and Officer Dennis Murrin III participated as well. All four of the human officers are alumni of Lansing Christian School; the canine officers attended school elsewhere.
Mrs. Buteyn used the visit as a teaching opportunity, interviewing the officers about their work and responsibilities. Officers Haan and Tambrini also demonstrated Rico and Dante’s training and skills—listening and obeying commands, sniffing for drugs, and detaining perpetrators.
“We are very proud of our Lansing Christian School graduates, serving and protecting our town,” said Buteyn.
“We thank the school for the invitation and hospitality that was shown to us!” posted the Lansing Police Department on their Facebook page.