Students honor police, firefighters at City Leaders Breakfast

Published 3:51 pm Friday, February 7, 2020

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HOOVER – The Hoover Parent Teacher Council held its annual City Leaders Breakfast on Jan. 30 at Hoover’s Discovery United Methodist Church.

This annual event honors members of the Hoover Police Department and Hoover Fire Department through student essays, poetry and art contests.

More than 100 people filled the church’s auditorium for the City Leaders Breakfast. The Hoover High School Chamber Choir provided the musical entertainment ahead of a keynote address by Dr. Terry Lamar, director of equity and educational initiatives for Hoover City Schools.

Three Hoover City Schools third graders were honored as winners by the Hoover Fire Department for their essays on the importance of fire prevention and the bravery of firefighters:

First Place: Kennedi Wilson, Gwin Elementary School

Second Place: Britta Anderson, Deer Valley Elementary School

Third Place: Emma Grace Stove, Bluff Park Elementary School

Hoover fire officials also recognized a student at Green Valley Elementary School, Maxwell Donnelly, for his artwork in the department’s annual Fire Prevention Art Contest. This was Donnelly’s second year in a row to capture this honor.

Three Hoover City Schools fifth graders were honored by the Hoover Police Department for essays centered on police protection, specifically in the context of School Resource Officers. Each Hoover City School has at least one SRO.

Winners included:

First Place: Solomon T. Moore, Riverchase Elementary School

Second Place: Emily Long, Rocky Ridge Elementary School

Third Place: Brooke Cochran, Trace Crossings Elementary School

After recognizing the fifth Grade SRO Essay Contest winners, Hoover police officials awarded Police Department Scholarships to John Watkins (Hoover High School) and Juan Luis Contreras (Spain Park High School).

HPTC members coordinate the City Leaders Breakfast each year. HPTC is comprised of the PTO/PTA presidents from each campus across Hoover City Schools.