WALLINGFORD — The Police Department will hold a school supplies drive outside Walmart next month.
The department's community police unit will collect supplies and cash donations outside Walmart, 844 N. Colony Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday Aug. 3.
The supplies will be donated to four K-2 elementary schools – Stevens, Cook Hill, Moses Y. Beach and Highland.
“Any help we can get from the community for our students who might need supplies is very much appreciated,” Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo said. “It's just another layer of support that the police department gives us.”
This is the third year that police are holding the drive. Last year, police collected enough supplies to fill four 54-gallon bins, said officer Henry Cadett, of the community police unit.
“We enjoy giving back to the community and we want to see our youth succeed,” said Cadett, who is organizing the event along with Sgt. David Blythe.
The annual fundraiser is held as part of the police department's "Cops N the Classroom" initiative, in which officers from the community police unit visit the elementary schools to interact with children and hold educational programs. The goal of the program is to "interact with students in a constructive manner in their school environment."
Police will be located outside of Walmart so that shoppers see the fundraiser when entering and can purchase supplies to donate inside the store. Cash donations will be used to buy more supplies.