Every week, Danielsville Police Department Captain Jonathan Burnette makes a trip over to Danielsville Elementary School to deliver school supplies, along with T-shirts, socks, shampoo and other personal items to Principal Angie Waggoner to give to students in need.
From there, Waggoner and school counselors distribute the items where they are most needed, some at Danielsville, while other items are sent to the county’s five other elementary schools.
This is all part of “Operation Backpack,” a program started in January by Burnette, who approached Chief Brenan Baird and the Danielsville City Council with his idea.
“I just think as a police officer, we should do more than just write tickets and I wanted to find a way to have a positive impact on the community, especially with the children,” Burnette said. “If we can do that, then we are really doing our jobs.”
The primary donators to the project are probationers with the Northern Judicial Circuit Probation Office in Danielsville.
In cooperation with the probation office, probationers are offered the option to “write off” some of their fines/fees and community service by purchasing school supplies.
Chief Baird says the probationers turn in their receipts to the probation office to get the reductions. The reduction rate is based on a 40-hour work week at minimum wage.
Capt. Jonathan Burnette (far left) and Chief Brenan Baird (far right) of the Danielsville Police Department, are pictured with Danielsville Elementary Principal Angie Waggoner (seated) and students (L-R) Seth Cassidy, Parker Ashley, Bristol Hardman, Markiah Rice, Estrella Reyes-Rojas and Abby Lynn Roberson during a recent delivery of school supplies and other necessities by “Operation Backpack.” Margie Richards/staff
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