Preschoolers dressed up like superheroes made a trip to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday to bring their “superheroes” special cards, cakes and goody bags.
Twenty-one children, ages 2-5, walked across the parking lot from the East Naples United Methodist Church Learning Center Preschool to CCSO Headquarters where deputies were outside waiting for them.
The children, wearing blue and red capes with “Super” on the back, carried a handmade yellow sign that read, “Our Superhero Wears A Badge.” Some of the children wore police officer costumes.
Preschool Director Michele Micieli said the theme of the school’s summer program has been superheroes. The children wanted to do something special for deputies who are real-life superheroes, she said.
For the past few weeks the children have been busy assembling dozens of “Superhero Survival Kits” _ goody bags filled with sweet treats, and making special cards, each with the handprint of a child on one side and the Officer’s Prayer on the other. The Publix store in the Riverchase Shopping Center, 11200 U.S. 41 N. in North Naples, donated two cakes with the CCSO insignia, Micieli said.
“They’ve been so excited about this for a long time,” Micieli said of the children.
In addition to the gifts, the children placed superhero capes on the deputies, who gave them high-fives and hugs and posed for photos with the pint-sized caped crusaders. They ended the visit with a special song to show the deputies how much they are appreciated.
The deputies thanked the youngsters, who got to tour the inside of a police cruiser, complete with lights and sirens.
Photos by Cpl. Efrain Hernandez/CCSO