Byron-Bergen elementary students raise $1,700 for K-9 officer

By on February 25, 2019
The student council presents the check. Photo by Gretchen Spittler

The student council presents the check. Photo by Gretchen Spittler

Wednesday, February 13, marked the finale of the month-long community service fundraising project spearheaded by the Byron-Bergen Elementary School Student Council. The entire student body assembled to present the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department with a check for $1,762.04.

The community service project, Dollars for Destro, raised funds for the training and care of the Genesee County Sheriff Department’s new K-9 officer, Deputy Frankie. The county’s previous K-9 officer, Destro, passed away recently. Destro was a visible member of the Byron-Bergen community and many students were very fond of him.

“The students were upset when Destro passed away,” said Byron-Bergen Elementary School Assistant Principal Betsy Brown. “I’m so proud that they were able to take that sadness and turn it into a positive experience and begin building a new relationship with Frankie.”

Every year the Elementary School Student Council takes on a community service project. “It was a no-brainer that we wanted to help the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office raise money for a new dog,” said Student Council President Roman Smith. “Frankie is a great addition and we are his number one fans.”

The original goal was for every grade level to raise $100. Every grade surpassed this goal and the third graders earned a pizza party with Frankie by raising more than three times their original goal.

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The third grade classes pose with Deputy Frankie. Photo by Gretchen Spittler.

The third grade classes pose with Deputy Frankie. Photo by Gretchen Spittler

 

A Byron-Bergen student pets the new K-9 officer. Photo by Brian Meister

A Byron-Bergen student pets the new K-9 officer. Photo by Brian Meister