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BETA Club helps in WPD service dog purchase

Wayne Academy's student body and families dug deep into their piggy banks through the BETA Club's "Penny War" fund-raiser and collected $5,196.59 that will assist in the purchase of a police dog locally. The week-long event helped wrap up a strong inaugural year for the club, sponsored by teacher Susan Johnston and counselor Jessica Snowe.

The BETA Club, which promotes service within the school community and the areas where students live, conducted the "Penny War" as a means of raising needed dollars that would allow the Waynesboro Police Department to purchase a trained service dog that will help in law enforcements tasks in the area. 

In the "Penny War," pennies were worth one point each and paper money (no matter the denomination) was worth face value times 100 points ... with the classes collecting the most money offered rewards for their efforts. Amanda Coxwell's sixth grade class collected the most money/points for the WA elementary classes while the sophomore class responded with the most money/points among the high school grades.

On Tuesday, May 2, the WA student body gathered in the commons area and presented WPD Chief Holt Ross, WPD Deputy Chief Scott Frost and Officer Geoff Paton (who will be the dog's handler for the department) with an oversized check denoting the donation.

The gift to the police department will help with other funds raised by different sources from within the community to purchase the dog. Ross said the Academy's donation will speed the process of purchasing the dog and that will translate to getting the animal in service sooner rather than later.

Headmaster Charles Hoots said the school was proud to be able to partner with the WPD as a means of promoting the community good. He also went on to thank the police department for its assistance to the school in helping with security and providing patrols for ball games and on-campus events. 


Sean Dunlap