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Leon County Sheriff's Office Employees to Mentor Elementary Students

Leon County Sheriff's Office Employees to Mentor Elementary Students
Posted at 6:29 PM, Oct 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-07 07:11:10-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County Sheriff's Office employees began training to become mentors for second and third graders at Bond Elementary School.

It's all a part of the 1,000 mentors initiative. 50 employees at LCSO are volunteering for the program.

They will spend one hour, once a week with their mentees.

One of those lucky elementary kids will be mentored by Sheriff Mike Wood.

Wood says the Department selected Bond Elementary because that's where they felt they could help the most.

"We were very specific when we picked Bond Elementary School because its in the hub on the south side," said Wood. He added, "We feel like our presence here will demonstrate to the second and third graders earlier in life that law enforcement is essentially an extension of their friends and family"

Sheriff Wood says he is excited to start the program, since it's the first of its kind the department has participated in.

He says LCSO plans to be involved with it for many years to come.