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Donation helps fight Valdosta drop outs

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

July 29, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Law enforcers in Lowndes County are using money from the crooks to give back to the community.

Tuesday, the sheriff's office presented a $2500 check to the Communities in Schools organization at the Pinevale Learning Center.

The program helps fight the drop out rate in the Valdosta School System.

Deputies say the money was taken from drug dealers and will now do good in the community. 

"We are fortunate that we have the drug seized fund program where we've gone out and seized money from drug cases and money stops on the interstate. We're basically taking money from the bad guys and making it good and doing something positive with it," says Capt. JD Yeager of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office.

Last year was the first year the program began. They say 59 out of 79 at risk students went on to graduate.