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Elementary students raise $1.7K for K-9 officer

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Posted at 11:04 AM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 11:08:34-05

Students at Byron-Bergen Elementary School raised funds for the training and care of Genesee County Sheriff Department's new K-9 officer, Deputy Frankie.

The students raised $1,762 as part of their community service project, Dollars for Destro. Destro was the Department's previous K-9 officer who passed away recently.

“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.”

Each grade level was challenged to raise $100. Every grade surpassed this goal -- the third grade raised three times their goal earning themselves a pizza party with Deputy Frankie!