Our Lady of Peace students learn about safety through fun and laughter

By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com | September 29th, 2015 4:38 pm

Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal Our Lady of Peace school hosts The Officer Phil program, courtesy of the South Abington Township Police Department and local businesses.

CLARKS GREEN — Our Lady of Peace school hosted The Officer Phil Program, courtesy of the South Abington Police Department, Friday morning, Sept. 25. Students learned about how to be safe at school, at home and out in public. They also learned about how to, as the program’s slogan states, “be a buddy, not a bully.”

The interactive presentation included magic tricks and a puppet show by Mike Spinella, who has been working for the company for nine years.

“I’m still very happy with the program,” he said. “I agree with the message.”

Spinella, who resides in Delaware, loves his job because he gets to travel all the time and help children learn important lessons.

Mike Spinella, of The Officer Phil Program, teaches students at OLP about safety and ‘being a buddy, not a bully,’ through fun and games. From left, Alexis Straw, fourth grade; Spinella, with his puppet Buddy the Bulldog and Christian Mamera, third grade.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Phil-1.jpgMike Spinella, of The Officer Phil Program, teaches students at OLP about safety and ‘being a buddy, not a bully,’ through fun and games. From left, Alexis Straw, fourth grade; Spinella, with his puppet Buddy the Bulldog and Christian Mamera, third grade. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal
Mike Spinella, of The Officer Phil Program, gives kindergarten student Isabella Orr two stickers, one to keep and one to share with a friend.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Phil-2.jpgMike Spinella, of The Officer Phil Program, gives kindergarten student Isabella Orr two stickers, one to keep and one to share with a friend. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal
Aidan Straw, fourth grade, helps Mike Spinella, of The Officer Phil Program, with a magic trick during the presentation at OLP on Friday, Sept. 25.
http://www.theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_ABJ-Phil-3.jpgAidan Straw, fourth grade, helps Mike Spinella, of The Officer Phil Program, with a magic trick during the presentation at OLP on Friday, Sept. 25. Elizabeth Baumeister photos | Abington Journal

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