Young children squealed with delight as costumed characters mingled with them during a breakfast presentation Wednesday by Community Policing officers at Hilo Union Elementary School.
The “Character Breakfast” is the second in a series planned to both entertain and educate keiki. McGruff the Crime Dog and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) mascot Daren the Lion are the closest some of these kids will get to Disney-style characters, and their presence attracted more than the typical numbers of students who eat breakfast at the school before the start of classes.
During the presentation, Hawaii Island Police Activities League (HI-PAL) Officer Joseph Botelho Jr. gave tips on Halloween safety and other Community Policing officers passed out traffic safety stickers.
Elementary schools interested in having a “Character Breakfast” on their campus are encouraged to call School Resource Officer Nelson Acob at 961-8121.