Lunch with officers a new program for school system
by Bobby Lee McCulley | January 15, 2018 6:33 am
Students in White County will now have an opportunity to potentially eat lunch with law enforcement officers because of a new program that officially started last week.
As of Jan. 9, 2018, which was observed nationally as Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, local law enforcement officers now are able to participate in a new program to eat lunch with students in White County. The Cops and Friends Eating (CAFE) program allows uniformed law enforcement officers to eat for free at any White County public school.
Thanks to grant funding, the CAFE program now allows officers from various agencies including White County Sheriff Department, Sparta Police Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol to stop by any school in White County to eat a free breakfast or lunch. While eating a free meal, officers will be able to spend time talking and interacting with White County students.
According to Kurt Dronebarger, White County director of schools, “This (CAFE program) shows our public support for law enforcement, fosters positive relationships between the police and students, and keeps a strong police presence in our buildings. This is something we have been wanting to do and can now do thanks to the recent grant our school system was awarded. Special thanks to Mrs. Sheila Felton (White County Schools federal programs supervisor) for securing the grant funding.”
According to information that was released by White County Board of Education about the CAFE program:
-The CAFE program is available at all White County public schools to any uniformed officer
-Officers can participate in breakfast (7:30-8:30 a.m.) or lunch (10:44 a.m.-1 p.m.) each school day
-Officers simply get their food, ask the cashier to charge it to the “CAFE” program and eat with the students
-The CAFE program will last until such time that all grant funds have been exhausted
-This program will pay for one free meal per week for SRO officers in the schools
-Officers may find the daily menus on the school district’s website at www.whitecoschools.net
With any questions or concerns, contact the director of schools at (931) 836-2229
White County School Board of Education expressed its hope that officers will take advantage of this program and build positive relationships with students by sharing a meal.