WALLINGFORD — The Wallingford Senior Center and the police department are working together to collect supplies for elementary schools in town.
Sgt. David Blythe, who organized the event, said the police department held a school supply drive last year that went well and wanted to hold one again. Pencils, pens, crayons, paper, pencils, notebooks and dry erase markers will be accepted as donations. The supplies will be given to all elementary schools in town.
“Because we don’t know what we’re going to receive, we’re going to distribute supplies to the elementary schools,” Blythe said.
Police have been working with the Wallingford Senior Center to collect donations throughout the week. A small reception is planned for Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon at the senior center. Blythe said members of the Community Policing Division, including school resource officers Megan Baur and Henry Cadett, will be present at the event.
“We’re looking to combine this effort with Coffee with a Cop at the senior center,” Blythe said.
Program Director Karen Anderson said the idea for the partnership came from police at their monthly meeting. Members of the senior center meet with police once a month to discuss community activities, ask questions and organize events that benefit the community.
“It establishes a nice relationship between us and the police department,” Anderson said. “I know they’re trying to improve communications.”
Blythe said the best time for residents to drop off supplies is the day of the event. However, if residents can’t make it the day of Blythe said they can drop off supplies at the police station. The community policing division plans to to collect school supplies again next year and continue monthly meetups at the Wallingford Senior Center.