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Officer Norway’s Corner – This storm won’t last forever

By SRO Kjell Michelsen

Easter is just behind us, and it surely was a different one for all of us this year. So much has changed in such a short time. April and May are my two favorite months in the school year. To be able to be with our senior class for the last stretch of high school is always a special time, especially since I have been with them since their first freshman days four years ago.

This year will clearly be different in so many ways. But like I wrote in my last column, I am still very much hopeful that things are being planned for a graduation ceremony of some sort down the road. How will that look compared to what we usually have is hard to tell? It could be close to a traditional one, or it could look and feel completely different. There are so many factors that we yet don’t know, which will determine that.

I think I can speak on behalf of all the teachers, the administrators, and support staff: We miss our school family, and we especially miss our students. The teachers have been busy at home creating home lesson plans. Our cafeteria staff and bus drivers are busy every weekday preparing breakfasts and lunches that are either delivered or picked up. It is heartwarming to see how everyone, including several of our students, has come together and made the best of a new and uncertain situation.

On my end, being the supervisor for three great school resource officers, we have all been staying busy filling in where needed – helping out at the courthouse, augmenting the patrol division, or maybe the most rewarding, being able to pick up and deliver food and medicine to those who are elderly or have an underlying condition putting them in a high-risk group for this virus. Some of them just need someone to talk to for a brief moment, especially those living alone and who now find themselves isolated from friends and family.

I want to round off this week’s Officer Norway’s Corner with a poem (third verse) called “Better Days Will Come,” written by Lisa Marks:

“The storm always passes. It won’t last forever. The rain always stops and gives way to good weather. The brightest and warmest of days still to come. Please wait for the sun. The sunshine will come.”

Until next time, be safe, be hopeful, and be kind.