Stu­dents re­ceive school sup­plies from Cam­bridge po­lice

Dorchester Star - - NEWS - By NATE NKUMBU nnkumbu@ches­pub.com

— Stu­dents re­ceived new back­packs and school sup­plies for the new school year as part of the back to school drive hosted by Cam­bridge Po­lice Depart­ment Fri­day, Aug. 24, at Chop­tank El­e­men­tary School.

Of­fi­cers gave out about 300 back­packs with school sup­plies dur­ing the event.

“We were able to pro­vide the school sup­plies for these kids and it’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for us to bridge the gap with the com­mu­nity,” said Cam­bridge Po­lice Chief Mark Lewis. “It just a great event.”

Of­fi­cer John Foster said the po­lice depart­ment re­ceived sup­plies from do­na­tions.

“We have al­most $2,000 in do­na­tion and in sup­plies, which in­cluded pens, pen­cils, note­books and other school items,” he said. “We gave some of our do­na­tions to help (stu­dents) through­out the whole county, and we keep some for our­selves to give be­cause we en­joy do­ing the face to face with the com­mu­nity.

“Through­out the county, folks are very gen­er­ous in try­ing to do this,” he said. “This is not our first year in do­ing this drive — it’s been a con­tin­u­ous project that we’ve been do­ing.”

The Dorch­ester County Judy Cen­ter also re­ceived a large do­na­tion of school sup­plies from the po­lice depart­ment.”

“We do­nated half of all of the sup­plies to the Judy Cen­ter, and what we have now is sur­plus,” Lewis said.

Foster said the back to school drive, which as been go­ing on for about 10 years, has had many of­fi­cers help out with the event. These events al­low peo­ple to bet­ter un­der­stand and know their po­lice of­fi­cers that serve the com­mu­nity

“Com­mu­nity polic­ing has ac­tu­ally been the back­bone of do­ing the drive,” he said, “We worked with Wal­mart to se­cure a lo­ca­tion for the do­na­tions where folks could just drop by and see the po­lice depart­ment and they would say that they have some stuff they would like to do­nate. It’s an on­go­ing process.”

PHOTO BY NATE NKUMBU

Cam­bridge po­lice of­fi­cers hand out back­packs to chil­dren dur­ing the Book Bag Give­away Fri­day, Aug. 24, at Chop­tank El­e­men­tary School.

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