January 29, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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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
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.