PORT JERVIS – Students, staff, and family of four Port Jervis pre-schools gathered at Church Street Park recently to learn about the role and duties of the city’s beloved K-9 dog Roan, who works daily with PJPD Officer Andrew Haniuk and other law enforcement officers.
Dozens of students from Candy Cane Nursery School, St. Mary’s Little Lambs, Project Discovery, and RECAP Head Start applauded as Roan, Haniuk, Chief William Worden, and Detective/Youth Officer Scott Robertson arrived at the field.
Worden said the K-9 demonstration was held for the first time with all city pre-schools and is now planned to become an annual event. Robertson said events such as these are held regularly throughout the year, allowing local police to interact with the city’s youth and their families.
The teachers of the city’s youngest students had nothing but praise for this first joint K-9 demonstration and for the police officers charged with protecting those they serve.
“This was our first K-9 demo. The kids can’t stop talking about it,” said Christine Addy, owner of Candy Cane Preschool. “Even though they are young, they still understood that the dog has a job to do just like the police officers do.”
Rachael Cox, liaison coach for RECAP’s Port Jervis Head Start, said their school’s children, ages three and four, thoroughly enjoyed and learned from the demonstration as well.
“The demonstration was perfect for this age group,” said Cox. “Seeing Roan and Officer Haniuk was the highlight of their day.”