BERLIN – Students and police officers will take a trip to the toy store next month to pick out gifts for local families in need.
“It’s all about being an upstanding citizen,” said Detective Theodore Fuini.
The event, in its second year, is part of the DARE program for fifth graders.
On Dec. 8, three students will accompany Fuini and other DARE officers to the Toys R’ Us on the Berlin Turnpike.
A lottery system is used to select a student from each of the elementary schools to participate in helping the officers pick out gifts based on a wish list from Berlin families in need.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said School Superintendent David Erwin. “I’m overwhelmed by the kindness in this community.”
The town’s social services department provides a list of children, with only the age and gender known to the officers and student shoppers.
“You never know who’s in need,” Fuini said. “It could be their classmate.”
The event also gives students a chance to meet DARE officers before they start the program after the holiday break.
Community donations are used to buy the toys.
A letter was recently sent out to parents about the upcoming event with the opportunity to enter students for a chance to participate.
Submissions will be accepted by Fuini until Monday. Parents will be notified of the winners on Dec. 1.
Parents must attend and provide transportation to and from Toys R’ Us.
More information can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 860-828-7090