Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook ties a blue ribbon on the fence surrounding the playground at Lyles-Crouch Elementary School.
Students at the school have been selling these ribbons to raise money for the family of police officer Peter Laboy, who was shot in the head during a traffic incident in February just blocks from the school.
So far, the students collected about $4,000.
“For the children and families who started with their dollars, and their dimes and the money that they collected,” Cook says.
He was a well-known face in their small community. His son attended school there and Laboy would often visit the school to check on the students and staff.
“The children who do know about the incident really wanted to help,” says Kim Alfano, a parent. “It’s just sort of the nature of the school. To do these kinds of community involved things that really show that we are all one area.”
Laboy's wife, Suzanne, was not able to come to accept the donation Friday because she is by her husband’s side. She did send her cousin as a family representative who said the family is just overwhelmed with the outpouring of community support.
Tammy Ignacio says their family is doing well, and most importantly, Laboy is doing very well in his rehab.
“We're very pleased with his progress and we're just keeping it all together,” Ignacio says.
And this community says they will continue to do whatever they can to be there for the Laboy family.
“Every little bit of help that we can give them feels good,” says parent Maria Gaganis.