Iddings Elementary School second grader Tori'anna Campbell spent 50 of her hard-earned Pirate Bucks on 30 minutes with someone she aspires to be like.
Teacher Nina Gavric said Tori'anna Campbell earned her Pirate Bucks by demonstrating leadership qualities and by always following the Iddings code of being respectful, responsible, and safe. Ms. Gavric said Tori'anna always works through challenges and works hard to reach her academic goals.
"She is considerate of others and makes sure other classmates stay on track," Ms. Gavric said.
Ms. Gavric said her students can spend their Pirate Bucks on a variety of selections, including becoming principal for a half hour; but Tori'anna, who aspires to be a police officer, asked if she could save hers to spend some time with School Resource Officer Cpl. Allison Ellis.
"I want to be one when I grow up," said Tori'anna. "I want to catch the bad guys."
Town of Merrillville Police Chief Wiley Luther Cuttino was happy to reward the student. He arrived at the school and swore in Tori'anna as a junior officer, presenting her with a certificate and a badge.
Afterward, Tori'anna spent her time patrolling the school hallways with Cpl. Ellis, checking out her squad car, and asking Cpl. Ellis all sorts of questions about her profession.