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Service is the Heart of Law Enforcement

February 13, 2024 - Since Mr. Peterson joined North Tech as the law enforcement instructor in 2021, he has inspired students to give back to their communities through service. “It’s the heart of law enforcement,” he says. As a mentor and teacher to his students, he strives to incorporate opportunities to give back into his program. This year, that commitment has led to a very colorful result!

Peterson and his students set a goal of raising $5,000 for Special Olympics, leading up to 16 class volunteers joining him to participate in the Polar Plunge at Creve Couer Lake in Maryland Heights. This dedicated teacher offered threshold rewards to keep the momentum going, and the students have now hit all but their final goal.

At the $1,000 mark, Peterson agreed to have his beard dyed red, the symbolic color of Special Olympics. Fortunately, our school’s Cosmetology program was ready to oblige! The class recently crossed the $2,500 mark and chose a red wig to match Peterson's new beard to wear during the Plunge. Finally, once the final goal of $5,000 is met, Peterson will don a red tutu as the finishing touch to his Plunge costume.

The students are asking for support in reaching their goal, and donations can be accepted here. They are only $800 away and are currently ranked number two in total funds raised.

North Tech Law Enforcement has also worked with St. Louis Food Bank, packaging 23,508 pounds of food this year, and supported Project Holiday Cheer by making over 100 handmade holiday cards for the elderly. For more information about this and other programs at Tech, visit our programs page.