Fred Schleter is This Week's Hometown Hero

He's a familiar face in the hallways of Harwood Career Preparatory High School in Evansville.

Posted: Aug 23, 2021 10:43 AM
Updated: Aug 23, 2021 7:15 PM

Students are back in school, and it takes a village to ensure they're successful both in and out of the classroom.

"I love working with the kids. They're great," says Fred Schleter, EVSC School Resource Officer.

He's a familiar face in the hallways of Harwood Career Preparatory High School in Evansville.

"The opportunity became available for this position, and it's been great ever since," says Schleter.

Fred Schleter has been a school resource officer with Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation the last three years.

No stranger to law enforcement, prior to serving EVSC, Schleter worked with the Gibson County Sheriff's Department for nearly a decade.

"That's really what it's about for me in terms of being a school resource officer," says Schleter. "Building those relationships, and at the same time creating a relationship with not only the school, but community, and law enforcement."

As another school year begins, his primary concern are the students.

"On any given day I can talk with kids about what they are facing at home," says Schleter. "A lot of kids confine in me because I'm a third-party source"

A job he takes seriously and values.

"As a member of law enforcement, it's a trusted interaction I think and once you build that trust with those young adults, they tend to really react well to that," says Schleter.

Earlier this month, Schleter was recognized by EVSC as the August "Cause for Applause" winner.

Those who know him say he frequently goes above and beyond to connect with students, helping out no matter how big or little the task.

"You know every day, I'm meeting them when they come in, asking them how they're doing, talking to them in the hallways between class," says Schleter. "You have students that come up and say, 'hey thanks for just talking to me, and that makes it all worth it."

And as the Harwood High Schoolers prepare for the next chapter in life, the have mentors like Officer Fred to help guide them along the way.

"I want them to have a sense of self-worth," says Schleter. "A sense of pride in what they've been able to accomplish. I want them to be able to feel like they've been able to get through adversity."

"I want them to have a sense of self-worth," says Schleter. "A sense of pride in what they've been able to accomplish. I want them to be able to feel like they've been able to get through adversity."

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