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November 1, 2013

Suwannee CI thanked for hard work

Live Oak — Several government entities and private organizations came together Thursday, Oct. 24, in a unified effort to thank the staff of Suwannee Correctional Institution for their outstanding work in the community with an Appreciation Day luncheon at Heritage Park and Gardens in Live Oak.

SCI has public work squads providing community services in the form of maintenance and restoration projects to help improve the various communities in Suwannee County, via inmate labor, at a significant cost savings to the county. 
Local governmental bodies that were represented were Suwannee County, city of Live Oak, town of Branford and Suwannee County School Board.

Ronnie Poole welcomed guests on behalf of Heritage Park and Gardens.

“We are here for only one purpose, to say thank you to Suwannee Correctional Institution,” Poole said. “This is a joint venture between the city of Live Oak, county commission, school board, town of Branford, and Heritage Park and Gardens. Everybody (has been) working on the same page at the same time to support the same thing. I wouldn’t classify it as a miracle but it’s pretty close.”

Following a prayer by Dr. Donald Minshew, those in attendance enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Each government entity prepared proclamations of appreciation. Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections Michael D. Crews was on hand to show support and showcase the men and women the day of appreciation was meant for.

Live Oak Mayor Sonny Nobles gave thanks to SCI for their efforts in helping improve the city of Live Oak.

On behalf of the Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners, Chairman Wesley Wainwright presented SCI with a proclamation of appreciation.

Charlie Daniel, president of the Branford Town Council, offered words of thanks to the institution for their efforts in the Branford community.

The Suwannee County School Board Chairman Jerry Taylor was on hand to honor SCI.

Daniel Crapps recognized SCI on behalf of the Heritage Park and Gardens’ board of directors.

Poole presented SCI with a plaque as a symbol of the community’s appreciation.

“Mr. Crews, I want you to leave here with two messages today. One, how much we love and appreciate Warden (Chris) Landrum, (and) remember these five words: Do not transfer our Warden.”

Landrum was praised for his efforts in making the partnerships happen. Landrum credited his team of professionals who did their job and got the work done.

Projects in the community performed by SCI include: bailing clothes (monthly), renovating the gymnasium, various painting projects, mow grass and wash vehicles for the Sheriffs Boys Ranch; refurbish shutters and grounds maintenance (weekly) for Heritage Park and Gardens; formed and poured sidewalks for new firing range for the Live Oak Police Department; edge streets and pick up trash, mowed retention pond for the city of Live Oak; mowing, weed eating, tree trimming and edge sidewalks for the town of Branford; wash and clean school buses for Suwannee County schools and much more.

SCI is also involved in many community events including Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run and fundraising dinner; Relay for Life; Vivid Visions domestic violence shelter; Guardian Ad Litem sponsorship, Christmas toys for children and more.

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