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Students Show Appreciation for First Responders

 Northview students hold up thank you signs at First Responders Day parade.

April 30, 2024 - Sirens were ringing and cheers were roaring as Northview High School celebrated First Responders Day. First Responders Day takes place annually and is a time when students and staff show appreciation for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMT), and resource officers. This year, first responders from the City of Ferguson and the City of Florissant paraded around the school in their vehicles while Northview students and staff held thank you signs, and handed out decorated cards and goodie bags filled with homemade cookies, water, and candy. 

“We look forward to this event every year,” said Carol Hoffman, event organizer. “Our word for the month of April is generosity, and this event is a way for students and staff to show generosity to first responders, honoring their role in maintaining safety and order in the community.”

Students have been decorating cards all month long and the Northview student leadership team was tasked with creating posters. Some of the messages read, “Thank you for being so kind,” and “Much love from Northview.”

“We appreciate the police officers for doing their job, helping us, and keeping us safe,” said Michael Perry, ninth-grader.

Following the parade, first responders were invited back to the school for lunch in the Eagle Way Cafe and to play basketball against Northview’s intramural team. Fred Bird, the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, and Louie, the St. Louis Blues mascot, also made an appearance. 

“My favorite part is watching the reactions from the first responders and seeing the Northview community filled with smiles and laughter. The joy that it brings to everyone says it all.”