Students receive school supplies from Cambridge police
— 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.”
Cambridge police officers hand out backpacks to children during the Book Bag Giveaway Friday, Aug. 24, at Choptank Elementary School.