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Fifth-grade class raises money for Florence deputy wounded in shooting

January 25, 2019

PAMPLICO, S.C. – The fifth-graders of Magan Lyerly’s class of Hannah-Pamplico Elementary School donated more than $500 Thursday to Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator Sarah Miller, one of seven law enforcement officers shot on Oct. 3 while trying to serve a warrant at a home in the Vintage Place subdivision in west Florence.

Miller is a graduate of Hannah-Pamplico schools.

After the Oct. 3 shootings, the class gathered in a community circle to discuss what had happened and what they could do about it, Lyerly said.

“We have a lot of students who have parents who are law enforcement officers, and we were very moved by what happened, and we got into a big circle and started talking about it,” Lyerly said. “We wanted to do something for Miss Miller, since she is our hometown hero.”

Miller was present Thursday in the classroom to accept the check and to answer students’ questions.

“We have been praying, and our thoughts are with you,” Lyerly said to Miller. “We wanted to put some legs on those prayers, and we wanted to do something. We’re a big ‘leader in me’ school, and what better way than let these kids take the initiative and be leaders.”

The class originally had planned a bake sale at the high school’s homecoming game, but that was washed out by a hurricane.

Lyerly said they decided to have “Thankful Thursdays” throughout November in all the fifth-grade classes to raise money through donations.

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