Stu­dents re­ceive school sup­plies from Cam­bridge po­lice

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — Cam­bridge po­lice handed out 225 book bags with school sup­plies in­side to lo­cal chil­dren Fri­day, Aug. 25, at the Oc­tavine Saun­ders Em­pow­er­ment Cen­ter in Cam­bridge.

The pro­gram was part of the “Stuff the Bus” school sup­ply drive with Wal­mart. Com­mu­nity mem­bers do­nated school sup­plies to Cam­bridge po­lice over the sum­mer, and then the de­part­ment handed out the book bags with sup­plies.

“With the start of school, it can be a hard­ship on peo­ple to buy school sup­plies,” said Cam­bridge Po­lice Sgt. An­toine Pat­ton. “We wanted to make it easy for peo­ple by pro­vid­ing school sup­plies.”

In each book bag, stu­dents re­ceived two com­po­si­tion

books, two fold­ers, a glue stick, crayons, scis­sors and pen­cils.

Chil­dren walked away with more than just school sup­plies. Of­fi­cers and com­mu­nity mem­bers also gave the chil­dren a free lunch with a hot dog, pop­corn, cot­ton candy and a drink. Cam­bridge City Com­mis­sioner La-Shon Fos­ter and mem­bers of lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions passed out the food.

“It is won­der­ful to have such a pos­i­tive day with the com­mu­nity,” Pat­ton said. “It is fun to get to know the stu­dents, and have a chance to spend time with them in this fun way.

“It is great to see so many peo­ple out here,” he said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port from the com­mu­nity and the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions out here to­day. We are happy to help start the school year with this great, fun event.”

Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools re­turns for the new year Tues­day, Sept. 5.

Pat­ton asked all mo­torists to be aware of chil­dren walk­ing, and the school buses trans­port­ing the stu­dents.

“When the school year starts, it changes our sum­mer driv­ing sched­ule with buses on the road, mak­ing stops,” he said. “Be sure to stay a safe dis­tance from the school buses, and be on the look­out for the stu­dents as they cross the street.”

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge Po­lice Sgt. An­toine Pat­ton, left, hands out school sup­plies to lo­cal stu­dents Fri­day, Aug. 25.

The Youth Ac­tion Coun­cil at­tended the Cam­bridge po­lice Stuff the Bus event Fri­day, Aug. 25.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cam­bridge Po­lice Sgt. An­toine Pat­ton, right, hands out school sup­plies to lo­cal stu­dents Fri­day, Aug. 25.

Lo­cal stu­dents re­ceive school sup­plies and a free lunch from Cam­bridge po­lice Fri­day, Aug. 25.

Lo­cal stu­dents re­ceive school sup­plies and a free lunch from Cam­bridge po­lice Fri­day, Aug. 25.

Lo­cal stu­dents re­ceive school sup­plies and a free lunch from Cam­bridge po­lice Fri­day, Aug. 25.

Har­vest­ing Hope Youth and Fam­ily Well­ness at­tended the Cam­bridge po­lice Stuff the Bus event Fri­day, Aug. 25. The or­ga­ni­za­tion will host a Read­ing So­cial from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 2, in the Cam­bridge Li­brary Com­mu­nity Room.

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