The second graders in Mrs. Gasau’s second grade class at St. John’s had a one-of-a-kind field trip Monday when they delivered “thank you” notes and cookies to the Racine Police Department.

As part of their social studies lesson on communities and laws, 16 students walked over to RAPD to hand-deliver their notes and meet and talk with officers – including new K9 Xena and Chief Art Howell – about what it takes to do their jobs.

“It made me feel good to thank (the officers) and see all the cool things they get to work with,” Dylan Fox said of his day.

Students went on a tour of the police department and had their picture taken with a SWAT vehicle. They received badges from the chief and gave Xena some well-deserved pets when she returned from a call.

“The officers were amazing, going above and beyond anything we expected,” Dylan’s mom, Kristen said. “I didn’t realize how much of an impact it would have on the whole group.”