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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • KIM kids learn about Secret Service, FBI

  • Secret Service agent Todd Perry, a native of Shelby County, Mo., shared his life story and experiences Monday, June 9, with Hannibal’s young Kids In Motion participants.
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  • Secret Service agent Todd Perry, a native of Shelby County, Mo., shared his life story and experiences Monday, June 9, with Hannibal’s young Kids In Motion participants.
    Perry was making a return appearance, after first speaking to the KIM group in 2013.
    Perry graduated from South Shelby High School and received a degree from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.
    He was accompanied by FBI officer John Parrish of Fairview Heights, Ill., as they spoke at Calvary Baptist Church.
    The program may have had a lasting effect on some of the KIM kids, such as Kylie Bergheger, a ninth-grader. “I want to be a cop,” she said. “They were awesome. And they have a really good job.”
    Seventh-grader Ashley Hooper said, “They inspired me a bunch to be in the FBI.”
    Stormie Sherman, a seventh-grader, does not want to follow in their career path, but said, “I learned a lot from them. When I grow up and have a boy, I will encourage him to be like them."
    Eighth-grader Dakota McCloud disagreed. “I think that would be a really good women’s profession. And they get to have a lot more experience with traveling. They are both great professions.”
    Ronald Hinton, a ninth-grader, got a positive message from the professionals. “What they were telling me was do something great for the community and the community will give back to us what you give to them. And be a good guy – not to do anything bad to anybody. Also help people out when you can.”
    Del Witthouse, a ninth-grader, said he “learned the FBI does more” than he had thought. He is considering “doing forensic law.”
    Donterrias Raymond, a ninth-grader, said he was interested in the Secret Service’s man’s vehicle that is called “the Beast.” “I think it’s a Cadillac.”
    KIM, a pre-employment program for at-risk youth, is sponsored by Douglass Community Services. It was founded in 1996.
    Amy Vaughn is Kids in Motion Program Director.
     
     
     
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