Date: January 29, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377 or 502-8262 pager

PCSO To Be Honored In Ceremony At Highland City Elementary

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will be honored at a Highland City Elementary School ceremony on Wednesday, January 30, 2002, at 2 p.m. The ceremony will consist of dedicating the school's playground, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and presentations to the Polk County Sheriff's Office and other local organizations that assisted Highland City Elementary with the completion of a school playground. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office played a major role in the completion of the project. Although the school received a grant for $5000 that covered the cost of materials, when it came time to place 5 tons of sand and safety barriers around the playground, the Polk County Sheriff's Office Weekender
Program was contacted.  Sgt. Gerald Dorman, supervisor of the Weekender Program, arranged for the program to assist Highland City Elementary on two consecutive Saturdays (Dec. 1, 2001 and Dec. 8, 2001).  After 239 hours of labor provided at no cost to the elementary school, the Weekender Program completed the playground. 

In 2001, the Weekender Program provided 78,146 hours of labor to various projects throughout Polk County at no cost.  Figured at minimum wage ($5.15/ hour), the program saved organizations, municipalities, and Polk County over $400,000 during 2001.  The program is made up of individuals who have been sentenced to spend a certain number of weekends on a work program as opposed to completing their sentence in jail. The Weekender Program serves a three-fold purpose:  it allows an individual to pay their debt to society without going to jail, allows an individual to maintain gainful employment, and also eliminates the expense of housing these individuals in Polk County detention facilities. 

Polk County Sheriff's Office Colonel Grady Judd, Polk County Schools Superintendent Thornhill, and representatives from local organizations will be attending the ceremony.

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