The students in John Childers' La Plata High School government class recently donated $557 to the Charles County Sheriff's Office's Teen Court program. They presented Capt. Michael Wyant and Teen Court Coordinator Maryellen Kraese with a check June 14.
Mackenzie Arnold, a student in the class and a youth attorney who volunteers for Teen Court, gave a presentation to her class about the Teen Court program, which gives first-time youth offenders an opportunity to take responsibility for their misdemeanor offenses without incurring a criminal record. Her presentation prompted her class to collect the money to donate to Teen Court. The money will be used to start a scholarship program Teen Court will provide to its volunteers.
"I want to thank the La Plata High School students who donated the money to Teen Court and Mr. Childers' for making the donation possible," said Charles County Sheriff Frederick E. Davis. " It is very refreshing to see students making a positive contribution to our community, not just by donating money, but by setting a goal and achieving it."
PHOTO : Pictured from left to right are Government Teacher John Childers, students Chris Butler, Matthew King, Rebecca Schmeltz, Emily Gore, Jackson Byrd, Jessica Upright, Morgan Griffiths, David Stallard, Molley Reynolds, Brent Sutten, Shantese Clinton, Alec Smiroldo, Whitney Underwood, Ryan Bowling, Zachary Lilly, Jennifer Webb, Dayne McGraw, Joseph Sapienza, Erica Hamilton, Jarrett Thompson, Jessica Baker, Trisha Chaffee and Mackenzie Arnold, Teen Court Coordinator Maryellen Kraese and Capt. Michael Wyant. Not pictured are April Coulby, Andrew Gill, Christine Johnson, Sean Johnson, Michael McDonald and Wassim Shaaban.