Governor Rick Scott proclaimed Jan. 5-9 Florida First Responder Appreciation Week. Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart encouraged school districts throughout the state to work with schools, teachers and principals to show support for local first responders.
Schools throughout the Putnam County School District recognized area first responders as follows:
- Ochwilla Elementary School, Palatka High School, Browning-Pearce Elementary School, Interlachen High School held luncheons at their schools for first responders. Crescent City Jr.-Sr. High School teamed up with Miller Intermediate School to provide lunch for first responders at Miller.
- Melrose Elementary School treated first responders to lunch at Fryer’s Chicken.
- E.H. Miller School students made cards and gave them to first responder visitors
- Interlachen Elementary School students made cards and gave Subway gift card to their school resource officer.
- Kelley Smith Elementary School students made cards for first responders. Two of their students created original songs and sang them to the school’s resource officers.
- Q.I. Roberts Jr.-Sr. High School provided dessert to first responders invited to the school.
- Mellon Elementary School delivered homemade cookies and baked goods to area first responders.
- The Culinary Arts classes at Interlachen High School and Palatka High School delivered cookies and baked goods to first responders.
- James A. Long Elementary School had an all-day event honoring first responders. They provided light refreshments and other tokens of appreciation them.
- Crescent City Jr.-Sr. High School had First Responders Night for Jan. 10 basketball games, with free admission for first responders. CCJSHS also planned to deliver coffee, tea, bottled water and other goodies to first responder stations in south Putnam Jan. 16.
First responders were also invited to attend the school board’s Jan. 13 meeting, held in the new school board meeting room at 200 Reid St. During the meeting, Superintendent Phyllis Criswell and board members recognized area first responder organizations by presenting them certificates.