EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Students from the EVSC left Evansville Monday morning for the trip of a lifetime.
For the fifth year, Cops Connecting with Kids is going to Disney World. This year, they’re bringing 56 students from four EVSC schools.
“It’s surreal," said Evansville Police Officer Sgt. Jason Cullum. "I remember the first year we did it, saying that on the bus, it was surreal that we were able to raise money and take kids to Disney and now we’re here five years later getting ready to go to an airport and put 56 kids on a plane.”
Cullum says this trip is all about new experiences and relationship building.
“It’s not just about going to Disney and riding rides it’s about the experiences of staying in a hotel, travel," Cullum said. "Most of these kids have never been on an airplane - I think four out of 56 have been on a plane - so there’s a lot of life experiences that they get. And then building relationships with the police officers, sheriff deputies, and the teachers that chaperone them on this trip.”
This morning the students loaded up on buses at Glenwood Leadership Academy, and then took off for Indianapolis. From there the group will board a plan and fly to Orlando.
This is the first year that Cops Connecting with Kids will fly students to Disney World.
The Henderson Police Department is also getting in on the fun. They left with kids from North and South middle schools for their first Disney adventure.