McMichael High SRO raising money to take exceptional children to Disney World

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MAYODAN, N.C. -- Lately, school resource officers have been making headlines because of criticism, but one in the Piedmont is getting attention because of his big heart.

Shane Woodall is a school resource officer at Dalton McMichael High School in Mayodan.

He walks the halls daily making sure all is well, and not a day goes by without making a stop at Liz Carlson’s class.

“Whether you're having a good day or bad day you just walk in and there's always a smile on a face,” Woodall said.

The class is made of about 12 exceptional children.

Their smiles got a little brighter recently when the students learned that Officer Woodall was working on giving them the trip of a lifetime.

“I want to take them and their family, their immediate mother and father to Disney all expenses paid during our spring break in March,” he said.

The students are already thinking about all the things they will do and see.

“I like Mickey Mouse a lot and I want to see his girlfriend Minnie Mouse and Goofy and Donald,” student Alex Purgason said.

“Hang out with my friends, ride rides with them,” student Johnny Wayne Curtis said.

The trip would cost about $30,000 to cover expenses for 40 people including the students, their parents and chaperones.

The money is starting to come in via GoFundMe.

While all the money hasn’t been raised yet, for the kids, it’s just the effort that means a lot.

“He's a good cop,” student Mary Reid said.

“It's a very nice thing what Officer Woodall is doing,” Purgason said.

“I had one parent [say] nobody's ever done anything this nice for my children and that just warms your heart being able to help other people,” Woodall said.

Woodall is currently the National School Resource Officer of the Year.

The school is hosting a holiday market Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. to help raise money for the trip.

If you would like to make a donation directly to the school, you can make checks payable to McMichael High School and put “Disney Trip” in the memo section.

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