Lincoln-Bassett Students Learn about Korea from NHPD Officers

Cops Show Kids Taekwondos & Don’ts
 
by Allan Appel | Nov 24, 2011 10:17 am
 
“Kiyah!” shouted Roynisha Dennie—as she kicked Assistant Police Chief Pat Redding toward the wall of the gym.
 
    
Before the kick the fifth-grader had learned to show respect by bowing. Of the three types of focus—that of body, eye, and mind—she learned mind is the most important. Then she learned how to control her breath to be confident.
 
    
The lessons of the 1,000-year-old Korean martial art of taekwondo and their carryover to school and daily life were just part of a demonstration delivered to Roynisha and her fellow fourth- and fifth-graders at Lincoln-Bassett School on Tuesday afternoon.
 
  
The instructors were the New Haven police department’s only Korean-American officers, Charles Kim and Robert Hwang.
 
 
They were there as part of an all-volunteer program teaching kids about different cultures represented in the NHPD. The program aims to put personal faces on the people who wear the uniform, especially in the city’s tougher neighborhoods.
 
 
The program, called New Horizons in Diversity, is the brainchild of 16-year department veteran and current night shift commander Lt. Patricia Helliger. She was a world-traveling Pan Am flight attendant before becoming a cop.
 
 
 
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