Mehlville students raise close to $13,000 for Backstoppers - KMOV.com

Mehlville students raise close to $13,000 for Backstoppers

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Students in the Mehlville School District raised nearly $13,000 for Backstoppers in honor of Officer Blake Snyder. (Credit: KMOV). Students in the Mehlville School District raised nearly $13,000 for Backstoppers in honor of Officer Blake Snyder. (Credit: KMOV).

MEHLVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Students in the Mehlville School District raised close to $13,000 for Backstoppers in honor of slain St. Louis County Police Officer Blake Snyder.

A check was presented Monday afternoon to Officer Snyder’s widow, Elizabeth Snyder, along with Backstoppers Executive Director Ron Battelle among others.

 “We heard what happened.  It was a tragedy,” Mehlville senior Logan Merz said. “It really hit home for us because it’s right down the road so we decided we wanted to do something to help Officer Snyder’s family and our community for this tragic event.”

The students held a pajama day at an elementary school along with a powder puff game at the high school.  Those raised around $10,000 with the rest coming from individual donations.

“It really shows the character behind all of it and all of these students and how young and sweet that they are,” Elizabeth Snyder said. “It’s really good that they’re starting out this way to help out a family that they have no idea who it is.”

“Kids are a big part of our program with the surviving children.  When we get donations from kids for kids it’s humbling and truly amazing and much appreciated I’ll guarantee you that,” Ron Battelle said.

Also in attendance for the check presentation was St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, Police Chief Jon Belmar and several other officers in St. Louis County. 

The official amount raised was $12,989.70.

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