Sheriff Lou Roberts and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department know all too well the importance of keeping our children safe. Each year, the Department contributes to the area high schools’ Project Graduation Funds.
The program was implemented to assist the schools with activities planned by senior parents to offer a safe place for their seniors to celebrate their final event at their respective high schools. Students are in a safe facility with activities planned throughout the night. Graceville High School’s seniors and guests will be headed to Panama City via busses to Rocket Lanes while Sneads High School seniors who are participating will be heading to Dave & Buster’s in Panama City. Malone’s three dozen seniors are staying home to celebrate with music and activities in the Tiger Gym. Jackson Alternative has one graduate who will be recognized at a reception attended by the entire school. Marianna’s 120 participates are likely to meet some fellow county graduates as they head to Dave & Busters in Panama City.
Sheriff Roberts said of the presentation, “We are glad the schools, parents, and kids have opted for this program because we know for this one night when they could possibly make a poor choice, they are safe. They’re with friends and classmates and enjoying they’re safe. That’s what this program has brought to the table, a safe night where parents can sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor without worry of a phone call or worse yet a personal visit with bad news. We use funds from our department’s contraband forfeiture fund and consider it money well spent.”
Cottondale, Graceville, Malone, Marianna, and Sneads high schools all received $500 with Hope and Jackson Alternative receiving $250.