Police Chief James Hudson visits West Hartsville Elementary

Offers advice to fourth and fifth graders

Hartsville Police Chief James Hudson visits with fourth and fifth graders at West Hartsville Elementary

Hartsville Police Chief James Hudson visits with fourth and fifth graders at West Hartsville Elementary

As students grow up, it is the responsibility of parents and teachers to provide education on how to make good decisions. Sometimes, however, it is the voice of an outside influence that children respond to. On Feb. 19, at West Hartsville Elementary School, fourth and fifth grade boys met with Hartsville Police Chief James Hudson who talked about the importance of making good decisions and how those decisions can change a life.

During his presentation, Chief Hudson said, “We need to establish self-discipline as a lesson of respect. When one person is talking, show the respect needed to give them your full attention.”

The conversation centered around a question Chief Hudson asked: “What do you want to do in life and what will it take to get there?” The answers are the stuff dreams are made of. One fourth grade student said, “I want to be a professional football player. I have to work hard and play hard in order to be successful. I also have to do well in school and pass my classes." Another fourth grader said, “I want to play in the NBA or help others.”

Chief Hudson listened to the students, considering their desire to play professional sports. “You need self-discipline and tremendous listening skills to be an athlete," he explained. "If you cannot listen or cannot control yourself, then you cannot respond in an appropriate manner.

“Making bad decisions in life will prevent you from moving up in life or living that amazing life you all hope for. But it starts now. Now, you have make those decisions that impact your life in a positive manner,” Hudson added.

When asked why they attended the meeting with Chief Hudson, two fourth graders clearly understood the purpose of the visit. One said, “We are here to learn how to make good decisions.” The other said, “So we can learn right from wrong.”

Chief Hudson wants to keep in touch with the students, and plans to have weekly meetings where he can see how they are doing and introduce them to other male role models in the community. “You’re worth the effort to help change you for a better future,” Chief Hudson told the boys. 

Gabriel Fonseca, TEACH Foundation intern, says she was surprised at the learning that took place during Chief Hudson's visit. “I never expected to hear what I did,” she said. 

(Story submitted by Gabriel Fonseca)