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LEWISBURG -

We see them almost everywhere we go and often we view them in a negative light.
But this week it's all about showing our law enforcement officers how much we appreciate the work they do for us.

Hundreds of elementary school students took time this week to think about what police officers mean to them.

And they actually had the opportunity to share their thoughts with officers all throughout the county.

Arabella Crookshanks said, "We thank them for helping us and giving us things and catching bad people."

The drawings covered the walls of the state police office in Lewisburg today to let the troopers know how much they matter.

State Trooper Drew Pendleton said, "They put a lot of thought and effort into it and we just want to tell all the kids in the county that we absolutely appreciate it. It wasn't just a project it was something that they put a lot of time and thought into."

Many of the notes were personalized to an individual officer and said things like "I pray that you suffer no injuries at work."

One student at Smoot Elementary shared why they are saying thanks. She said, "They save us from getting hurt and stuff."

The notes came from every single elementary school in the county from kids in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Trooper Pendleton said the sign of thanks means so much coming from young kids because sometimes they are put in situations that shine a negative light on police officers.

He said, "We don't like for it to be that way so when it's an opportunity for them to reach out we want it to be positive and they appreciate us and we want to have a great relationship."