Students are used to School Resource Officers being there to protect kids on campus, but the SRO division with the sheriff’s office opted to serve some children as well this year.
The SRO and Patrol divisions from the sheriff’s office donated 40 backpacks his week to kids and need. The bags were paid for by donations from the officers, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The CCSO worked with school guidance counselors to identify students with specific needs.
The patrol captain and Lieutenant purchased the backpacks and began delivering them last week. By Friday, all 40 of the students had new backpacks, just in time for the start of school.
“Columbus County is so blessed with multiple back to school events,” Sheriff Jody Greene said in the press release. “However, we realized that a population of children exists that do not have the means to attend these events. Therefore, we made the decision to go to them.”
Greene thanked the deputies for taking the initiative to help the students.
“The deputies donated their hard-earned money to purchase supplies for these students,” he said. “It is an honor to give back to our community. The children were so excited and appreciative of what these men and women did for them.”