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Coffee, Cocoa & Connection

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St. Luke’s School Director of Campus Safety & Events Nano Saulnier is on a mission to make the Hilltop a place where community members can "feel safe and be safe." This inspired a getting-to-know-you "Coffee & Cocoa" with the New Canaan Police Department. Police Chief John DiFederico said it was the first time a school invited his team to such an event. “We’ve visited many schools, but this is the first time we were invited just to talk and socialize,” he said. “I definitely want to do this again. When you sit down and break bread with people, it changes everything. That’s how you really get to know people.”

Safety Resource Officer Shane Gibson agreed. “This is all about becoming familiar with the community and having relationships with the individuals,” he said. “It’s also important that the kids and teachers can ask questions. We get a lot of questions about how much our gear weighs, or the little ones like to know the fastest I’ve ever driven or how many people I’ve arrested. But we also get more serious questions. An older student just asked me how I feel about police on school campuses, and we ended up having an important conversation.”

“I thought it was a great event,” said ninth-grader Amanda Martin. “People were asking nice questions, and it was interesting to hear the police share their points of view.”

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