Many times the work of others goes unnoticed... our Chadron Police Department deserves to be recognized for the work they do behind the scenes. Our officers have supported our schools in many ways; and one of my favorites is their Shop with a Cop program. Every year our Police Department is given a quite extensive list of names of students who may need a little extra love during the holidays. This program is funded through generous donations from staff members at Chadron Public Schools along with community members. The officers make contact with families and then take individual children shopping. Often the children are excited for the possibilities, but every so often a student is timid and nervous about the event. This year I was fortunate enough to accompany one of our young students on this adventure. I cannot tell you what a heartwarming experience this was for me - to watch a little child teary eyed about going somewhere with a police officer and principal to being elated about the "goodies" when we finished. We shopped for clothing, snacks, toys, and some personal care items. When we were ready to drop this kiddo off at home, I asked what was most exciting and the reply was, "My toothbrush!" The other excitement came from the new jeans and a stuffed animal. Here at Chadron Primary we want to extend our deepest gratitude for our Chadron Police Department and everyone who made donations to this incredible experience!! We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!