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Our SROs Are Still Reaching Out
Our SROs Are Still Reaching Out
Posted on 05/07/2020
“The SRO’s are truly missing the opportunity to be in the schools every day with the students and staff,” says lead SRO, Lt. Kelly Ball.BCS Communications

Our School Resource Officers (SROs) are an integral part of the safety and security of each of our campuses. They are valuable staff members, mentors, and heroes to our kids. As we recognize all educators across North Carolina this week, we certainly must include our SROs. Though our school buildings are closed, our SROs are still hard at work. 

“The SRO’s are truly missing the opportunity to be in the schools every day with the students and staff,” says lead SRO, Lt. Kelly Ball. “They are working hard to stay connected as much as possible during this challenging time by helping deliver food in the county, reading books to the kids online, and participating in Zoom classes. The SRO’s would like the students to know we miss them and can’t wait to see them walking the halls of the schools again.”

Our SROs are also helping with our senior recognition events happening at our high schools. Clearly, our SROs are still here, still reaching out!“One of the things I love most about being an SRO is the relationships that I build with my students and their families,” says Deputy Jennifer Billings, who serves Enka Middle School. “I think I speak for everyone when I say that we absolutely miss seeing our kiddos face-to-face every day. It is important to me that students know we are still here for them, and we are cheering on all of their accomplishments. Their lives as they knew them changed overnight, and in my opinion, the students are true heroes for the way they have adapted and overcome!”

Deputy Billings goes on to say that she’s felt so fortunate to be able to assist Buncombe County Schools with our critical functions. She’s making a positive impact on our community, especially in this time of need!

SROs are Still Reaching Out

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