McGruff the Crime Dog, well known for his advice about how to stop crime
before it happens. McGruff is associated with the Greenville Police Department
and is a supporter of DrugFree Greenville and the Heroes Cards program.
My fellow citizens, if you are on the streets of Greenville at lunchtime
on Wednesday or Thursday this week do not be alarmed if you see a line
of school busses following police vehicles with sirens blaring. This is
not a drill or emergency evacuation. It is just a few of my close personal
friends on their way to join me at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center for
our “Heroes Lunch.”
School children began collecting Hero Cards from our community’s
police, fire, and emergency personnel back in February at our Heroes Night.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade then played a “blackout”
bingo game with special Heroes bingo cards. The winning classes who completed
the most cards in each grade level at each school will be coming to celebrate
with the Heroes and me.
Greenville Independent School District will be helping us out by providing
our transportation and their Child Nutrition Service will prepare our
delicious lunch. The Greenville Police Department will give the busses
an official police escort to the festivities. Our “PALS” (Peer
Assistant Leaders) from Greenville High School will be on hand to serve
and to celebrate with us. I’m especially thankful to Elaine Hooper
and DrugFree Greenville for coordinating our party.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Heroes Party without our heroes from
the Greenville Police and Fire Departments and our other first responders
including Air Evac Lifeteam and AMR-Hunt County EMS personnel. This event
will give over 700 students a chance to meet and have lunch with our real
life hometown heroes. After everyone eats and visits we’ll most
likely have just enough time for a quick “Chicken Dance” before
everyone boards the busses and heads back to school. In order to accommodate
all my friends, we’ll have three back-to-back parties on Wednesday
(Bowie, Travis and Phoenix) and another three on Thursday (Crockett, Lamar,
and Carver). What can I say? I have a LOT of friends!
So when you see the busses running at lunch time this week you’ll
know the kids are on their way to see their ol’ buddy McGruff and
enjoy lunch with some of our heroes. I know our Heroes Lunch will be a
dog-gone great time! My tail is already wagging just thinking about it!
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