Above & Beyond: Morgan Co. Sheriff hosts special needs day at the rodeo

Published: Mar. 30, 2012 at 2:34 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM CDT
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MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Morgan County Sheriff's Rodeo had over 700 VIP guests Thursday. Sheriff Ana Franklin welcomed hundreds of students and adults for special needs day at the rodeo.

Area special needs schools and families participated in games and rodeo-related activities. Students enjoyed face painting, snow cones, a dunking booth with Sheriff's deputies and firemen inside, dancing, basketball, dart throwing and mechanical bull rides.

"It's just a fun getaway from everything. All of the doctors all of the just day to day things. It's a break," said parent Anita Bradford, whose daughter has special needs.

Franklin said her staff and dozens of volunteers worked tirelessly to put together the special day for the participants. It's a cause close to her heart, because many of her friends have special needs children.

"It is one day that they can come and focus on being a kid and not about things that they are not able to do, but all the things that they are able to do. We've worked really hard to make everything that is here a success for them," said Franklin.

Franklin said it also helps build a relationship between her deputies and the community in a positive light, not just while they are enforcing the law.

Special needs rodeo participant Dylan Bailey said, "It's nice to get out and see the good people of Morgan County like Sheriff Ana Franklin and her staff do a great job."

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