BFA Fairfax is extremely fortunate to have Sheriff Karry Andeliegh from the Franklin County Sheriff’s office as our School Resource Officer. She is an outstanding resource for our school community and provides an additional layer of safety on our school campus. Sheriff Karry continues to make positive connections with our students and families and we are grateful for her presence and work at BFA Fairfax.

On our Wednesday Early Release Days, Sheriff Karry has been engaging our Grade 3/4 Multi-Age classrooms in an interactive inquiry activity. During this learning opportunity, Sheriff Karry teaches students about the phases of a criminal investigation and the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective detective. 

During this learning experience, Sheriff Karry guides students through a crime investigation to determine who stole a cookie from the classroom. First, students learn how to secure a crime scene and collect and tag evidence. Next, students explore how to compile information through asking probing questions. They practice with the five W’s: Who, What, Where, When, and Why. Students then apply their investigative tools and strategies to interview witnesses and identify suspects. Finally, they reveal the cookie thief and celebrate solving the case by eating some cookies. 

We are so appreciative of Sheriff Karry and her commitment to developing relationships with our students, devoting time to exploring careers in criminal justice, engaging our students in critical thinking, and for making learning fun. 

Thomas Walsh is the Principal of BFA Fairfax Elementary School and is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY.

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