BAXTER SPRINGS - One inherent truth about living in a smaller city, is that we're all interwoven into each others' lives. That's why when Baxter Springs Police Officer Jimmy Hamilton was injured in the line of duty on Sept. 30, it wasn't just his close friends and family who were affected, but the entire community.
As the horrific details of the incident and the long road of recovery that lay before Officer Hamilton came to light, there was an outpouring of support, fundraisers, and donations from all across the region. That wave of gratitude for the brave man who put his life on the line in the name of protecting the citizens of Baxter hasn't dried up yet. Not even close.
A student led-fundraiser is just one of the latest events to help support Officer Hamilton. The Central Elementary Ambassadors recently organized a bake sale in order to raise money, with all proceeds going to Officer Hamilton and his family. According to Central Elementary Counselor Gene Nelson, the Ambassador program is designed for children to learn responsibility, serve others, and take a leadership role in their school. Students are chosen from each class every nine weeks to serve as student ambassadors.
This nine weeks' representatives developed the idea to have a bake sale during the Color Run event held on Oct. 14. These ambitious sixth-graders continued the sale the following week during the parent-teacher conferences and raised a total $250.
The Ambassador program was started last school year and has expanded this year to include community service projects and leadership training at Greenbush in Girard.
Mrs. McAfee, a paraprofessional at Central Elementary, received the gift on behalf of Officer Hamilton. Mrs. McAfee is Officer Hamilton's mother-in-law. The students who made the presentation are Adam Jones, Emilie Galloway, JadeLynn Fullen, Jordys Wells, Keely Barngrover, Jennifer Kirk, Bella Fugate, and Maygen Wilson.