These two people have proven to be great assets and wonderful allies to the James Madison Academic Community. So it is with great pleasure that we honor both Officer Belongia & Officer Ratliff for honorary knighthood! Not only are they great partners and display a solidarity that is undeniable and well respected, they have embraced all that we do at JMAC and have formed a strong relationship with our students through their daily encounters as well as through the Students Talking it Over with the Police (STOP) Program. Because of this program and their amazing ability to relate to our students, they have bridged the gap between how our students view, interact and talk about police officers. Beyond the interaction with the STOP students, they encounter other not so positive issues in the school that they deal with respectfully and with class. They both work diligently communicating with our students and dedicating their time to ensuring that students are well informed and hopefully, in turn, will think twice about the decisions they make. The time they dedicate to JMAC to assist in maintaining a positive school culture is immeasurable. Officer Belongia and Officer Ratliff often stop in just to say hi and see how things are going while enjoying a wonderful cup of joe hanging out in our hallways. This does not go unnoticed and they are well appreciated by the staff here at JMAC. These two are always energetic, positive and helpful. They truly embody the spirit of this honor – so, congratulations Officer Belongia & Officer Ratliff for becoming JMAC’s Honorary Knights!!!
– In the words of Ms. Jineen McLemore-Torres, Assistant Principal
– Nominated by Mr. Gregory Ogunbowale, Prinicpal
This knighting ceremony was also featured in the Milwaukee Police Department’s photo gallery.
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