COVINGTON — Students in Kelley Green’s kindergarten class at South Salem Elementary ended the school year with a special treat as officers from the Covington Police Department stopped by to celebrate with pizza, cookies and juice.

The officers — Sgt. Victor Partee, Officer Quinn Pitts, and Officer Justin Stott — adopted the class in the fall and wanted to spend some time with the students before they left for their summer break. After enjoying their lunch, the officers even held a dance competition with the students.

“The CPD officers became involved with my kindergartners at Thanksgiving,” said Green. “I had some students who didn’t have parents available to attend our Thanksgiving lunch, so I asked if some officers would be available to come, and they did. The students were so excited.”

According to Partee, in addition to dining with the students, the officers took it one step further by selecting several of the students to participate in the Covington Police Department’s holiday Shop With a Cop program.

“They were fantastic with the kids,” said Green. “They even came out to South Salem with the Christmas Trolley and passed out candy canes to all of the students at the school.”

She said, “These officers donated their time to invest in my students, and that has meant the world to not only my students, but to me, as well. I’m looking forward to working with them again next year. It has been an incredible experience for my students.”

“This is just another example of Covington Police Officers doing what they do best, caring for their community,” said Stacey Cotton, Covington chief of police. “All too often we hear of officers making arrests or intervening in a situation where crime or violence may be occurring, but what is often not known are all of the small acts of kindness that officers do on a daily basis. We try to instill in our officers that taking a moment with a child may build a long-lasting relationship with that child and their family. Sgt. Partee, Officer Pitts and Officer Stott are examples of how the Covington Police Department reaches out to the community when an opportunity arises.”

Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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