Bear collection part of senior project

A Columbus North High School student is looking for new or gently-used stuffed animals that Bartholomew County Sheriff deputies may hand out to children during critical incidents.

North Senior Cole Hopkins is being mentored by Sgt. Andrew Whipker in the senior project. Collection bins have been placed at businesses around the community and in the lobby of the Bartholomew County Jail.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Hopkins and Whipker will be stationed in the north lot of the sheriff’s department, weather permitting, to accept drive-thru donations for the project.