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Pound Ridge Elementary School Students Learn About Halloween Safety from Local Police

 Officer Mulcahy sits surrounded by students in a PRES classroom

Pound Ridge Police Officer Steve Mulcahy sat on a small classroom chair surrounded by eager second graders in Mary Beth Schreier’s classroom at Pound Ridge Elementary School.

“What is my most favorite thing to do as part of my job?” Officer Mulcahy asked the students.

“Hanging out with kids!” they called out without hesitation.

Mulcahy was visiting the school as part of his annual Halloween safety talk with students. He discussed reasons why someone would call 911 as well as what happens if you do, explaining that a dispatcher would ask what your emergency is as well as your address and phone number.

“Does anyone here know their address?” Officer Mulcahy asked. The students who did proudly raised their hands and recited where they live. He also asked students if they knew their parents’ phone numbers.

“It’s ok if you don’t know,” Officer Mulcahy told them. “Because guess what? I’m going to give you some homework.” The students groaned collectively while wearing big smiles on their faces. Officer Mulcahy explained that he had a little Halloween bag for everyone that included a piece of paper to write down their name, address and phone number to help them learn it. He also explained that there was a little treat inside, which resulted in a few cheers.

“Some of you know your phone number, and others had a tough time,” Officer Mulcahy said. “Why do you think it’s good to know mom or dad’s cellphone number?”

Officer Mulcahy took students through an imaginary scenario, putting them in Scotts Corners on Halloween night. He asked them to imagine being all dressed up when suddenly they get separated from their group. If they see an officer in uniform, they could give them their parent’s phone number so they could help reconnect them.

After going through a few more scenarios to see if students would make safe choices, Officer Mulcahy opened up the discussion for questions.

“A question is something you’re going to ask, and I will have an answer for,” he said. “If you have a story, you can save it to tell me on the playground so that we have time for all of the questions.”

The students, of course, had many questions.

“What’s the biggest candy bar you’ve ever seen?”

“What are you going to dress up as for Halloween?”

“What’s the worst criminal you ever caught?”

Officer Mulcahy patiently answered all of their questions before it was time to move to the next class. His annual safety discussions are something students look forward to and help to teach them important lifelong safety skills.