Valley Home girl’s good deed recognized with school pizza party

A Valley Home third-grader who raised more than $1,500 for an organization that supports fallen officers was recognized for her efforts with a pizza party at school Wednesday.

In addition to the party, Laura Tartaglione, president of the nonprofit HonorBands, presented Millie Cox and her friend Ashlan McCurley with plaques.

HonorBands makes and ships the black mourning bands that law enforcement wear across their badges when a fellow officer is killed in the line of duty.

The organization has made more than 400,000 bands printed with the badge number of nearly every fallen officer in the United States since starting the charity four and a half years ago.

Millie wanted to do something to support law enforcement, so her family helped her choose an organization to donate to and set up the lemonade stand at a park across from her school in Valley Home. Her friend Ashlan helped her sell the lemonade and cookies.

Local law enforcement promoted the lemonade stand on social media, and dozens of people showed up.

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Erin has been covering breaking news and crime at The Modesto Bee since 2010. She is a Humboldt State graduate and resides in Oakdale.