2012-01-24 / Front Page

South Putnam Central Elementary’s First Grade Donated 46 Bears to ISP

The Indiana State Police Post, at Putnamville, received a wonderful donation recently in the spirit of Christmas. To assist other children during emotionally distressing times, the South Putnam Central Elementary First Grade donated 46 new stuffed animals and bears to the local post. The intention of the gifts was for troopers to carry the animals in their patrol cars and provide them to children who are distraught after an event such as a car crash or crime.

In the spirit of Christmas, and with the intention of learning it is better to give than receive, the children in the First Grade classes of teachers, Kelly Newby and Tish Paugh, decided to collect the new stuffed animals and provide them to the troopers instead of having a gift exchange for themselves.

Indiana State Police Sergeant Joe Watts and Senior Trooper Jason Schoffstall attended the class Christmas party and spoke to the children about various safety topics. The troopers concluded their visit by expressing to the children how thoughtful and beneficial their idea to help will be for others. At the conclusion, the children presented the stuffed animals to the officers.

“Our kids are very excited and proud to help other children in their time of need. This is our eleventh year of providing the animals to our local troopers for the benefit of others”, commented First Grade Teacher Kelly Newby.

The Putnamville District serves Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo counties. The animals were dispersed to troopers patrolling all six counties and benefited many children in times of tragedy.

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