Starke County Sheriff’s Department Fundraiser Helps Pay Off Negative Lunch Accounts at Local Schools

Photo Source: Starke County Sheriff’s Department Facebook Page

Starke County elementary school students in need of some financial assistance recently benefited from a fundraising effort through the Sheriff’s Department.

Last month, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department participated in “No Shave November.” Staff members were permitted to grow out their facial hair and residents were able to make donations essentially “sponsoring” an officers’ beard and mustache.

The purpose of the fundraiser was to gather some money to help pay off negative lunch accounts at the Oregon-Davis, Knox and North Judson-San Pierre Elementary Schools. Sheriff Bill Dulin said no child should go hungry just because of their economic status.

The Department managed to raise a total of $900 and donated $300 to each school district.

On their Facebook Page, Starke County Sheriff’s Department officials publically thanked everyone in the community for their donations to this often overlooked cause. They noted that the smiles on the faces of the kids was worth it all.

The individuals featured in the attached picture include K9 Officer Brack Rowe, Officer Chris Bortone and Officer Nelson Lopez and Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin with O-D Principal Bill Bennett, Knox Elementary Principal Michelle Tarnow and Superintendent William Reichart and NJ-SP Elementary Principal Julie Berndt