ST. LOUIS HILLS – It was a battle of the fittest at Nottingham Community Access and Job Training (CAJT) High School on Thursday, Sept. 26, as students took on officers from the second district of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in a dance-off.
The epic dance battle was an effort to bring law enforcement and the public together by spreading love.
For three rounds, the students showed off their best dance moves. But the officers weren’t going down without a fight as they playfully challenged students to give them their best.
“People will get a chance to see police officers are human, we just do a job. It’s not so much of black and white – it’s us as a human being, as a whole,” said Joan Glover-Straughter, who has been an officer with the department for the past 28 years.
In addition to showing off some of their best moves, several officers flew in on a helicopter, and they even drove their own ice cream truck called Operation Polar Cops, handing out tasty treats to the students.
Jacqueline Bonds-Fowler works as a Transition Specialist at Nottingham, which educates students from ninth through twelfth grades, ages 14 to 21, at 4915 Donovan Ave. Nottingham prepares them for the work world and helps the students with a smooth transition, she said.
“This was an awesome experience,” Bonds-Fowler said. “This was a way to bring peace back into our community in a positive way. Our school is called ‘job access and community,’ so bringing in the cultural diversity with police is a wonderful experience.”
When asked who came out on top and proved to have the better dance skills, Glover-Straughter replied, “All of us did. Those were some awesome kids.”
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