MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A free summer camp is underway this week in Madison County. Sponsored by the Madison County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer Program, it rewards students who went above and beyond the previous school year.
About 60 students were chosen to participate in the inaugural camp by their counselors and principals. All the rising 5th and 6th graders received good grades, demonstrated positive attitudes and served as leaders for their peers.
Deputy Matt Cagle is one of the school resource officers for Madison County. He believes the camp will help the SRO's build relationships with the students because, "during the school year, they see us more as police officers. Now, they see us more as regular people."
On the first day of the camp at Riverton Intermediate School, the students got to practice using a fire extinguisher, met some K-9 members of the Sheriff's Office and learned how Huntsville's MedFlight is used to save lives. The week's activities also include skating and bowling.
The camp is paid for by the Madison County Sheriff's Office and Commissioner Dale Strong's office. If all goes well, organizers hope to offer it again next year.