July 28, 2021
Bernardsville Police Conduct Back To School Supply Drive To Support Local Students
In an effort to help provide school supplies to local students in need, the Bernardsville Police Department will be collecting donations of school supplies during the month of August as part of the department’s ongoing community policing activities. Each year many students return to school without the means to obtain the required materials needed to support their education. In an effort to address this need, the Bernardsville Police Department is coordinating with local schools and the Community Resource Center at St. Bernard’s Church to distribute the collected materials to low-income families and the students who need them. According to Police Chief Kevin Valentine, “The collection effort is an extension of a community collaboration that helped to collect food and essential items for food insecure families during the COVID 19 pandemic. The Bernardsville Food Pantry program helped to feed people in our community who were struggling during the height of the pandemic. It also brought to light other ongoing local needs in our community where we can help to make a difference”, said the Chief.
Donations of school supplies and materials are being solicited from members of the community, businesses, and organizations that want to help with this initiative. Basic school supplies such as notebooks, binders, folders, loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, glue sticks, pencil cases, backpacks, and book bags are needed. A detailed list of suggested supplies will be put on the Police Department website and released on the Police Department Facebook page. For more information contact Ptl. Tim Richard or Kristine McNamara at the Bernardsville Police Department by calling 908-766-0037 or email email@example.com.
The collection will kick off at the Bernardsville Police Department National Night Out (NNO) event to be held at 6:30 PM on August 3rd, at the Polo Grounds on Seney Drive. Anyone who would like to make a donation can bring the supplies to NNO where a collection bin will be on site to receive the supplies. Materials will continue to be collected throughout the month of August at the Police Department and other locations in town that will be identified in the near future.
“Community policing involves developing partnerships and engaging in active problem solving. This initiative accomplishes both. More importantly, it’s a way for our officers and employees to develop trust, build relationships and give back to the community we serve”, said Chief Valentine.
For information about this press release contact Chief Kevin Valentine or Ptl. Tim Richard at (908) 766 – 0037.