Willits mom Rhea Gaus took to social media to celebrate Willits Police Department officers meeting and greeting children as parents dropped them off for their school day.
She told us the officers opened the car door for her kiddos describing their presence as “quite reassuring for me as a parent.”
Like many parents, Gaus said, “I find myself worrying more about my kids’ safety, especially when I’m not with them.”
When dropping off her two boys at their respective schools, Blosser Lane Elementary and Brookside Elementary, she makes sure “they know I love them, just because…”
Gaus has always appreciated seeing school staff greet her boys every morning but was excited to see Willits Police officers had joined in this week standing at the entrance of the school cheerfully greeting students and opening car doors for the kids. Watching her boys smile and the officers kindly welcome them into their school day, “is quite an awesome scene.
Gaus told us she moved from to Willits from out of state around a year and a half ago where she lived in a city of over 100,000 people. There were not enough school resources officers, and so, there is also minimal interaction with the public.
For Gaus, the Willits Police officers and school staff greeting her boys represented the small-town environment she envisioned moving to Willits
“It might be a simple gesture but it did not go unnoticed and we surely do appreciate it.”