The McDonald County High School Resource Deputy Buck Owen came up with an idea last school year to help foster a relationship not only between law enforcement and students, but also community leaders and students.

The program, “Breakfast with the Brass,” recognizes students for their achievements in the classroom, in a sport, or for just being a good citizen in and around the school community.

Students from each grade who are selected get to have breakfast, made by the High School’s Culinary Class, with leaders from the McDonald County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and other community leaders such as mayors, prosecutors, juvenile officers, fire chiefs, 911 directors, and EMS personnel.

“The kids and the community leaders sit down to a wonderful breakfast and can talk about what it is like as a community leader. They can ask us questions about our careers and what led us down the individual paths and our experiences. I also like asking them questions about what they want to do when they get older and how they are going to accomplish that and what paths they are thinking about and hopefully giving them ideas on the best ways to accomplish their goals,” said Sheriff Michael S. Hall.

Sheriff Hall said, as a former school resource deputy, he always has a wonderful time watching the kids interact with Deputy Owen and seeing how much influence he has with them and how he is such as positive role model for them.