Officers vs. teachers: County schools staff faces off against sheriff’s department to raise money for local kids

Deputies and jailers with the Brown County Sheriff’s Department hit the basketball court for a game against Brown County Schools staff last weekend, raising over $2,000 for local children.

The Nov. 27 game at Larry C. Banks Memorial Gymnasium was to benefit the annual Shop With a Cop program. This month local police officers will take a number of children to an area Walmart to pick out Christmas gifts as part of the program.

Kids are paired with someone from the sheriff’s department who then helps them pick out clothing, like a coat and jeans, along with toys. Dispatchers, jail staff, deputies and reserve deputies all volunteer to be shopping buddies.

The schools and other child serving agencies pass along names of children who would benefit from participating in the program.

After a close game, the sheriff’s department won 26 to 25.

Donations were accepted at the door for entrance to the game. In total, $2,125 was raised at the game for Shop With a Cop this year.

More donations for Shop With a Cop can be mailed to P.O. Box 1532, made out to “Brown County Shop With a Cop.” The event is its own 501(c)3 and can be used as a tax deduction. Forms are available if needed.