To show appreciation for local first responders, Smith-Cotton High School students and staff members donated $2,000 toward protective vests for Sedalia Police officers and Pettis County Sheriff's deputies.

Presenting the donation checks is S-C senior Connor Crabtree, who made the largest individual donation.

Front row, from left, Sedalia Police Commander Larry Ward, Sedalia Police Chief Matt Wirt, Crabtree, Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond, and Pettis County Sherrif's Sgt. John Cline, who also is the Sedalia 200 District's school resource officer.

Back row, from left: Jonathan Tester and Zach Vandevender, the S-C teachers who led the donation effort.