The 24th Anniversary of the Lincolnton-Lincoln County Adopt-A-Cop picnic will take place Wednesday at Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton as the county’s 1,000-plus second-graders come together to spend time interacting and learning from local law enforcement officers, military personnel, firefighters and other first responders.
The event will commence with opening ceremonies and feature a variety of educational programs, displays and fun, hands-on activities for children including a fire truck tour, bounce house and more.
“It’s a great way for second-graders to be able to see various types of emergency-service equipment, talk to police officers and ask questions,” Sheriff David Carpenter said.
Throughout the year, one officer each from either the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office or Lincolnton Police Department regularly visits an assigned second-grade classroom to teach students vital lessons on gun safety, bullying, strangers and other pertinent topics. Children also receive booklets to accompany each lesson, a Sheriff’s Office press release said.
New to the picnic this year, a team of students will assign awards to the on-hand agencies of its choice.
Awards will include Best Uniform, Best Patrol Vehicle and Best Specialty Vehicle or Unit, the release said.
During the picnic, students and teachers alike will be wearing T-shirts displaying one local student’s winning Adopt-A-Cop design. Each year, children submit their creative drawings, and one is chosen for the shirts.
The event will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday.