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Fruitvale Hosts Unforgettable Red Ribbon Week Assembly

Fruitvale Elementary School students were treated to an unforgettable Red Ribbon Week Assembly on Thursday, October 27th. All week students learned about the importance of being respectful, responsible, and safe throughout Red Ribbon Week. On Thursday, students gathered on the field to attend a Red Ribbon Week assembly hosted by two California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers.


Officer Lee and Officer Butler introduced themselves and educated the students on the importance of staying drug free. “I have the best job in the world!” said Lee. He explained that not only was he a CHP Officer, but he was a K-9 unit CHP Officer, which meant he worked with a dog. He told students what Boomba, his dog, was trained to do. He explained that the dog’s nose had been trained to sniff out drugs that had been hidden and to notify the officers where they were.


Boomba was trained to not only sniff out drugs, but to help officers in pursuit of criminals. Lee said if a criminal ran away or was hiding, he will send his dog to find them and hold them until he arrives. After Lee’s explanation, Officer Butler put on a padded suit to demonstrate the dog’s training. Student’s clapped as Boomba held onto Butler’s padded arm and waited for Lee. In order for Boomba to stay sharp he is in constant training. Lee said he and Boomba will train for an hour each day, and each week one shift is dedicated solely to training.


Thank you Officer Lee and Officer Butler for your presentation and to the staff at Fruitvale Elementary; you were able to create an assembly the student’s will never forget!

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