Students in Milan learn life lessons from police
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MILAN, Tenn. — Students in Milan took a break from their summer fun Saturday and headed back to the classroom. The Milan Police Department set the textbooks aside to teach them some valuable life lessons. “Our job is to find a way to reach the hearts and minds and souls of young people,” Milan School Resource Officer Nick Glenn said. The halls of Milan Middle School may have looked empty, but even over the summer students are still preparing for the road ahead. “The future are the young people in our community,” Milan Police Chief Bobby Sellers said. “As they grow up and as we get older, they’re going to have to fill our shoes.” To make sure they’re ready, the department held a first-of-its-kind conference Saturday, aimed at teaching high school students valuable life skills. “When I was a lot younger, I was a hard child. I didn’t want to listen to anyone,” Milan High School Junior Takqari Crawford said. “But now I’ve been having people in my life that are trying to make me a better person.” And one of those people Crawford talked about is S.R.O. Nick Glenn. “Young people sometimes see police officers in a negative light,” Glenn said. “Today is to show them that not only are we human beings and that we care, but that we want them to have the best life that they can have.” Throughout the day, Glenn and a number of speakers taught the students everything from interacting with law enforcement to the importance of a positive physical image and even basketball skills. “It builds together and says ‘I have a goal that I must accomplish,'” Glenn said. “Once I complete that goal and score a basket, I need to go and now play defense.” From the court to the classroom, the students participating said they’ll take these skills with them for the rest of their lives. “I know it’s going to help me,” Crawford said. “It’s going to take me a long way.” Saturday’s conference was mostly funded by donations from Milan businesses. Chief Sellers said they hope to continue to hold the conference annually.