Cajon Valley Schools and Staff do not take safety for granted. Every day we are so grateful to rely on Heartland Fire & Rescue, San Diego Sheriffs, and The El Cajon Police Department to safeguard our community and schools. On Tuesday March 14th, The Anti Defamation League gave one of its highest awards (The Sherwood Award) to our very own El Cajon Police Officer Louie Michael. The Anti Defamation League and Police Chief Davis allowed me to share a few words of thanks on behalf of our school district. The El Cajon Police Department is in a class all by itself in terms of community leadership and law enforcement and Officer Louie Michael is a shining example why… This year alone Officer Michael provided leadership at the Knights of Columbus festival where funds were raised to support refugees in El Cajon, he assisted the Latino Police Officer Association in providing bicycles to Cajon Valley students, when Louie learned that many of our children didn’t have helmets he found resources to provide them, Officer Michael assists WD Hall in their Junior Achievement program, he provides under privileged children with clothing and school supplies through Target’s “shop with a cop” program, Louie engaged with ECPD in a teddy bear drive to bring teddy bears to Children’s Hospital, Louie was Involved in the annual Christmas toys giveaway with the Chaldean middle eastern social services giving needy children something to smile about, he serves annually at the Thanksgiving turkey meal give away for El Cajon families, he gives presentations at local churches and mosques to help Syrian children and families assimilate in the US, and he’s created cultural awareness training for school and law enforcement professions to better serve our community. We are so happy that Officer Louie Michael and the El Cajon Police Department were recognized for their “above and beyond service”. Thank you for your love, compassion, strength, and leadership!