April 19, 2023 | Kristen Jordan
We have been talking about and exploring our city for quite a while now. One of the subjects that has had a lot of energy among the children is the topic of the PEOPLE who work and help in our city. Children have really been inspired by those who help keep our city running and livable.
We have read many books about the people who help communities and the children have interacted with many people in Hoboken who contribute to their lives in the city. They see city vehicles, street sweepers, police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances. The children have responded with lively conversation and questions about the important roles many people play in Hoboken. In response, Children have done many drawings of people, activities and things they see in the city.
Children have also had the opportunity to role-play in drama some of the city workers that are of particular interest to them.
They have been building their own city in the block area that includes many of the things and people they have observed, including many vehicles and rainbow fire escapes!
But the connections the children have made with many people who work in our city have brought the children the most joy and intrigue. Carmen, the Crossing Guard is a favorite friendly and very helpful face for the children.
Daily, the children see the many people who care for the park. They have observed workers doing construction and maintenance.
They now keep their eyes out for our friendly park worker, Dennis, who we see most days of the week. He does a variety of jobs and the children realize how helpful he is in keeping our park clean and safe.
One day, the children found lots of plastic Easter grass that had been left behind. Every child happily picked up this garbage and dutifully put it into the can, and then eagerly waited for Dennis to arrive so that they could report their handiwork to him. They were so proud to do their part in helping to keep Church Square Park clean!
The children have also been very interested in the police officers and firefighters we see in our city. Elaina’s Mama, very fortunately, happens to be a police officer and she generously agreed to come in and talk to the children about her job!
After Officer Rose taught the children about what she does and showed them her uniform and many of her tools, she joined us in the park, where the children really enjoyed playing with her!
But then something unexpected happened! We noticed that Dennis, (remember our friendly park helper?) was waving Officer Rose to come over. He was standing in the dolphin area with a man who was sitting on a bench. Although Rose was not on duty, she went over and helped the gentleman on the bench, checking to see if he was okay until the ambulance workers arrived. It was truly a lovely experience for the children to see Dennis, Officer Rose, and the EMTs all working together help a neighbor in need.
It has been very meaningful for the children to develop relationships with people who are helping our city to be a great place to live and play. There is little more that we can hope for than to see people in our community working together to help others, and to have the children be inspired to contribute to the community themselves.
We will continue to learn a bit more about some of the people who help out in our city over the next couple of weeks!