R.I. State Police, others collect record number of school supplies in 9th annual campaign

R.I. State Police, others collect record number of school supplies in 9th annual campaign

Record-Journal

For the start of school, the state police and Rhode Island residents have helped collect a record number of school supplies and backpacks for donation to local social service agencies. The Kids, Cops, and Classrooms program, founded nine years ago, and has grown each year since. It collected thousands of dollars worth of backpacks and supplies donated by individuals and corporate sponsors, including Benny’s Home and Auto, Hasbro, Ocean State Job Lot, Samsonite and Walgreen’s Pharmacy, said Col. Ann C. Assumpico, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

Top law enforcement officials from the Rhode Island State Police, state Police Chiefs’ Association, the Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies gathered at the Fox Point Boys and Girls Club in Providence this week to distribute supplies to the agencies.

Items were collected over the past month at state police barracks, police departments and other law enforcement offices. They are now being donated to local churches, social service agencies and other organizations that work with disadvantaged families across the state. State Police Maj. Christopher Dicomitis, who is overseeing this year’s campaign, said one of the goals of the program is to help ease the burden many families face when it comes to providing their children with school supplies they need, while also showing that the law enforcement community is there to help.

— Sun staff


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