OCEANPORT: The Lego Club of Wolf Hill School got a visit from the borough police department on Tuesday morning.
Three officers helped a group of 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders build everything from planes to fortresses out of Legos.
The Oceanport PBA donated many of the Legos the children were playing with in the school’s gymnasium.
The club is run by 2nd Grade Teacher Nancy Tenenbaum and 3rd Grade Teacher Mike Birnbaum. Tenenbaum said the program not only builds creativity, but also makes the children feel comfortable around police officers.
“It’s good for the kids to see them as their friend and someone they can count on,” Tenenbaum said.
She said the officers often stop by a few times a year to play with the students.
Wolf Hill School Principal Melanie Lipinski said the program was started after a former student, Jack Donohoe, suggested it to her in 2009.
“We have been trying to create more clubs based on students’ interests,” Lipinski said.
Tenenbaum said the club helps the students become friendly with children from all different grade levels, socialize and get creative.
“They started off with a kit, but we noticed that they started putting the instructions to the side so they could start building these beautiful creations on their own,” Tenenbaum said.