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Learning to be Model Citizens

While many are soaking up the sun this summer, a few Vestal students are learning how to be model citizens.

The second annual Youth Police Academy has doubled in size since last year and will be taking place over the course of the next two weeks.

Students will learn a variety of life skills including first aid, self-defense, and drug and alcohol prevention.

"It really teaches kids a lot about what being a good citizen is. If you don't expect to be a police officer or have any role in law enforcement  it's a great leadership opportunity," said Vestal High School Senior, Chris Valentine.

"For me, I've been in their shoes. I went to this school I graduated from Vestal High School born and raised in this community. And that's what it's about for me. It's about giving back and making things safer in the community and in the school," said Patrolman with the Vestal Police Department, Stace Kintner.

On Tuesday, the students will learn some basic traffic law, and go over an accident reconstruction scene.

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