GODFREY — Bob Baird, the new principal of St. Ambrose School in Godfrey, says he is “very proud” of the parent community response to the school’s Saints Helping Heroes program, that recognizes and thanks local heroes with tokens of appreciation.
“This is a staff-led program that is organized by one of our PreK teachers, Lisa Jacobs,” Baird said. “The program was created last year to honor local firefighters and we have expanded this year to recognize and honor a group, organization, individual, or family each month.”
In October, the school honored the Godfrey Fire Department with a visit to the fire stations. The firefighters received a personal care package and each of the two stations received a Firefighter’s Cross, food for three nights from a local restaurant, Walmart gift cards for the department, and thank you cards.
“The firefighters were very appreciative and so grateful,” Baird said. “The students are extremely excited to honor our local heroes. They loved seeing the firemen and the firehouse. Each month we will have a different theme.”
The program will continue through May, with the school honoring veterans, a parish family fighting illness, Toys for Tots, nursing homes, teachers, police officers, nurses and parents who are medical personnel. “We believe the students will recognize the value and importance of honoring those that protect us and keep us safe,” Baird said. “And we also to try to instill in our students a sense of service.”