State and local police teaming up for annual Cops, Kids and Classrooms collection drive

Law enforcement agencies across Rhode Island are joining forces to make sure students have a chance to return to school this fall with the resources they need to succeed — but first, they will need some help from the public.

The Rhode Island State Police, in partnership with the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association, Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island, will once again be collecting school supply donations at state police barracks this summer as part of the annual Kids, Cops and Classrooms campaign.

The program was launched 10 years ago with the goal of easing the financial burden many families face when it comes to providing their children with school supplies. The program is also intended to show children that law enforcement officers are there to help them and their families, as well as their local communities, the state police said in a press release.

“We want to ensure that every child in Rhode Island starts the school year with the basic supplies he or she needs to succeed,” said Col. Ann C. Assumpico, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and director of the Department of Public Safety. “The Rhode Island State Police is proud to again team with other law enforcement agencies in this effort to help children and families, as well as the teachers and schools in our local communities.”

Donations can be brought to any state police barracks or local police department. Among items requested for donation in 2018 are backpacks of all sizes, No. 2 pencils, pens, pencil boxes, crayons, 3-ring binders, subject dividers, book covers, index cards, protractors, compasses, assignment books or planners, rulers, calculators, pocket-sized dictionaries and thesauruses, USB flash drives, facial tissues, colored pencils, washable markers, highlighters, watercolor paint sets, coloring paper, large pink erasers, glue and glue sticks, safety scissors, two-pocket folders, composition books, wide-rule loose leaf paper, and graph paper.

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