Students reach out to officer with $500

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A Dougherty County elementary school raises money to help an Albany Police Officer's family, devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.

The Sylvester Road Elementary school students and faculty presented Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks Whitley a check for $500.

Money to aid Jean Casseus' family in Haiti. Casseus is a Gang Unit Officer who can not appear on camera. Three members of his family were killed in the Haiti earthquake, and nearly 20 others have been displaced.

"About it being a native here," said Sylvester Road Elementary School Principal Deborah Jones. "Right now it really helps out because it makes them understand it's closer to home. And they really realize it could have been them or their family members. So I'm very proud of them for understanding."

The school students and families raised the $500 with donations Friday.

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