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Generous Gifts from School Resource Officers
Generous Gifts from School Resource Officers
Posted on 12/21/2020
Deputies with the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office help families make memories this holiday season.By: Benjamin Rickert
BCS Communications Dept.

Two officers load gifts at the Sheriff's Office loading dock.Early Monday morning, Dec. 21, School Resource Officers (SROs) with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office laughed heartily as they strategized the best ways to pack police cars full of wrapped presents. Some wore Santa hats and other colorful decorations. Plenty of jokes were shouted across the loading dock, but they were very serious about their mission to bring joy to area students and their families!

“Through an overwhelming amount of community support, the SRO Division was able to conduct multiple Christmas/holiday outreach programs this year,” said Deputy Jared Porshia. “We were able to support Mission Children’s Hospital and fifteen local families through Buncombe County Schools. We are incredibly grateful to the community for their support, and are excited about what next year will bring.”

As a continuation of their November gift-giving effort, SROs selected 15 BCS students and their families to receive a generous supply of holiday presents, hand delivered in a police car. On the loading dock of their West Asheville satellite office, officers organized sizable piles of presents for homes across the county and helped each other load vehicles. One SRO even rigged his car’s loudspeaker system to play holiday music.

Officers prepare to visit families with squad cars full of gifts.“I think they’ll be shocked, hopefully,” Porshia said with a smile.

During the school year, SROs work to build positive relationships with students, serve as mentors, and meet family needs. In addition to serving as police officers, they aim to be law enforcement teachers and counselors, as well. In Buncombe County, SROs are critical in the mission to maintain safe and engaging learning environments.

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Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin,, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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