LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — If Santa Claus wants to know who has been naughty or nice this year at the Benjamin Banneker Special Education School, he has a bunch of people he can ask.

And they’re all in uniform. The kids at the school were visited Saturday by members of the Beverly Hills Police Department, LA County Fire and the Los Angeles Police Department.

The County Fire Department brought fire trucks, Beverly Hills Police came with police dogs, motorcycles and police cars. Not to be outdone, the LAPD landed a helicopter.

The school serves more than 300 students — aged 3-22 — many of whom have physical and mental challenges.

Last month, the school lost one of their own when 18-year-old Miguel Angel Mendez was struck by a hit-and-run driver near his home.

In a written release, the BHPD said they were honored to take part in the holiday event today as they have for “the past ten years.” The BHPD adopts a classroom and all their students.

The BHPD points out that Banneker services many students from group homes, low-income families or foster kids. For many of them, “this program will be the only celebration they attend for the entire holiday season. We thank Banneker’s principal, Dr. D. Christopher Eaton, for always thinking of the BHPD and including us in this great event.”


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