Pine Crest Elementary School (Silver Spring, Maryland) and the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) recently collaborated on an inspiring six-week Leadership Academy for students. Led by Officer Amaya and several dedicated MCPD Officers, the program aimed to instill leadership skills and values in students, fostering personal growth and success not only in the classroom but also in everyday life.
Throughout the program, students engaged in a variety of activities that explored the essence of leadership, both in the present and as a crucial aspect of their future endeavors. The curriculum included vital lessons on stranger danger and self-defense, interactions with MCPD’s K9 partners, and insightful discussions on healthy eating habits and stress management. In addition to addressing life skills, officers took the opportunity to educate students on making sound decisions and the consequences of alcohol and drugs. The genuine passion and dedication of each participating officer were evident, creating a positive and impactful experience for both mentors and mentees.
The first graduation celebration of the Leadership Academy took place on Thursday, November 16, at Pine Crest Elementary School. Officer Amaya, Pine Crest’s CEO, Chief Jones, and Councilperson Luedtke were present to commemorate the students’ achievements. The pictures from the celebration capture the joy and success of the program.
Principal Jamila Denney expressed gratitude for the invaluable partnership with the police department, emphasizing the active engagement and enthusiasm of the students. She praised Officer Amaya for the sincerity of the community partnership, highlighting the positive impact on the school and its students. This collaboration exemplifies the shared commitment to mentorship, inspiration, and leadership, making a lasting difference in the lives of Pine Crest Elementary School students.
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