MOUNT MORRIS — Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty has announced the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership School Resource Deputy Student of the Year Award.

This initiative is to recognize students across the county for their positive characteristics and their positive influence in their schools and in their communities.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office currently has six Deputy Sheriffs assigned as School Resource Deputies throughout Livingston County. Deputy Sheriffs are assigned to the Dansville Central School District, Livonia Central School District, Keshequa Central School District, York Central School District, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (BOCES) in Mount Morris and the Mount Morris Central School.

As part of the School Resource Deputies daily duties, they often interact with students who display positive characteristics in their school and in their community. The Sheriff and the Sheriff’s Command Staff collectively worked with each of the assigned School Resource Deputies to build a program to formally recognize one student from each school, each school year.

Each Deputy Sheriff assigned to a school was asked to select one student from their district that they felt stood out above the rest and to prepare a written report of why. The selection was to be based on the student having demonstrated one or more of the following:

- Volunteering in the school or community

- Leadership qualities

- Being a positive role model

- Overcoming a difficult situation

- Positive change in behavior

- Acts of kindness

-Ally of the bullied or the left out

Deputy Mike Didas is assigned to the Genesee Valley BOCES in Mount Morris and selected Kayla Dauber as the “Genesee Valley Educational Partnership - School Resource Deputy - Student of the Year” for the 2018–2019 school year.

On Aug. 30, Kayla, members of her family, and members of the BOCES Administration came to the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters in Geneseo where she was formally recognized by Sheriff Dougherty and Deputy Didas at an afternoon Patrol Division briefing.

Kayla was presented an engraved Sheriff’s Office plaque for her accomplishment and was also presented with a $50 gift card by the Livingston County Coalition of Patrol Services (LCCOPS-the association that represents members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division).