The Spring 2008 session of the Young Citizens Academy held its final meeting Saturday at the Police Helicopter hanger at Billard airport in Topeka.
Officials from the police department demonstrated a canine unit in action and gave a helicopter demonstration.
The Kansas Highway Patrol showed students the importance of wearing their seatbelts using a roll-over simulator. A mounted car showed a passenger being tossed from the vehicle when not wearing a seatbelt.
A reception and graduation ceremony for students in the program was held at First United Methodist Church. The ceremony highlighted and celebrated the students successful completion of the Young Citizens Academy program. Honored guests were City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr., Chief Ron Miller, and Sheriff Richard Barta.
7th and 8th grade students from Topeka and Shawnee County have participated in the Young Citizens Academy sessions for several weeks. They have learned the importance of goal setting, life choices and consequences, negative effects of drug and alcohol use, and other skills to help them be more honorable citizens of their community.