First Responders Appreciation Day At Golden Grove Elementary

Local firefighters receive their gift bags.

On Thursday, Oct. 28, the Golden Grove Elementary School safety patrols sponsored the community project #Thank You First Responders Appreciation Day to thank first responders such as police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs who put their lives on the line every day to keep schools and communities safe.

The safety patrols held a fundraiser collecting donations from students and Gator families to make the event a memorable occasion for the first responders. As a token of thanks, each child/family who donated received a First Responder Awareness bracelet to wear on Oct. 28, showing their support for the men and women who are dedicated to protecting the community.

The safety patrols collected $2,054.50, making it possible to honor 100 local hometown heroes. Each of these first responders were surprised with a gift bag, handwritten cards and treated to pizza from Jebrewski’s.

In addition, students, staff and families sent in pictures of a special first responder family member or friend. A slide show presentation was shared during morning announcements and on Facebook.