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Freedom Walk raises $5,500 for Operation Homefront

Posted by Paige Bresky - email

Palm Beach County School Police Officers and their families raised badly needed funds and showed support for the area's military families through their participation in Operation Homefront Freedom Walk on September 10, 2010.

"The event raised over $5,500, and our team, Team Sheepdog, contributed over $500 for this very worthwhile cause," said Sgt. Robin Griffin. "We had a lot of fun working as a team for a good cause."

Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that provides support to deployed military personnel, their families and wounded veterans returning from active duty.

The organization's first "Freedom Walk" was held on September 11, 2010 downtown West Palm Beach in an effort "to establish a national tradition to reflect on the lives lost on September 11th, renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our country, and to honor our first responders and veterans, past and present."

Members of the Palm Beach County School District Police Department say they raised the funds and gathered together to pay respects for lives lost by walking together for this event.

School Police Officers are constantly aware of the needs of families and the community through their close working relationship with young people and schools.

Police officers, clerical staff and their families walked (and ran) the 5k event adorned with their "Team Sheepdog" tee shirts.

The team sheepdog concept was a name coined from the analogy of police officers within the school district protecting children.

Sheepdogs protect the lambs from the wolves. Sergeant Michael Brown had the fastest sheepdog running time, with team Baker coming in close behind.

"District officers had a wonderful time and intend to make it an annual charitable event," said Jennifer Keenan, Project Facilitator for the School Police Department.

"We had a great turnout for our first walk. It felt great to work together as a team for such an important cause. I want to do it again next year."

Officer Bob Leh said, "I really enjoyed the event. Hopefully next year we will have more people involved. It was for a great cause."

Palm Beach County School District Police Officers and staff serve the public in many capacities within the schools in Palm Beach County.

Officers work to mentor and guide students that are at risk; they work with administrative staff to prevent conflicts before they occur; they compose security plans and they work daily to establish a rapport with the students on the campuses in addition to the many other assigned duties of law enforcement officers.

Beneficiaries of the funds include families of all branches of active duty personnel, Reserves, National Guard and wounded warriors.

Operation Homefront has met 267,121 needs for military families.

Nationally, ninety-five cents of every dollar Operation Homefront raises goes directly to the mission.

For more information, contact Sgt. Robin Griffin at 561-434-8700.

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