Lincoln County second-graders will once again get to mingle with each of their classroom’s favorite law enforcement officers Tuesday at the 21st annual Adopt-A-Cop picnic in Lincolnton.
Each county classroom is assigned a Sheriff’s deputy or city police officer for the duration of the school year.
Officers interact with the students on a monthly basis, teaching them a number of safety-related items in addition to showing off uniform equipment and tactical gear.
“It’s an effective program for the young folks to get to know our officers,” Sheriff David Carpenter said.
All who attend this year’s picnic, including teachers, students, parents and officers, among others, will sport T-shirts with Battleground Elementary Student Aliya Garza Caballero’s winning design.
Each year, local elementary school children submit their creative drawings to be chosen as the event’s T-shirt design.
Out-of-county agencies and local emergency response workers will be on-hand with tactical setups and military and fire crew displays. Activities will also include an inflatable bounce, games and various other demonstrations.
The Adopt-A-Cop picnic will be 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Betty G. Ross Park, located at 800 Madison Street in Lincolnton.