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Clawson PD to host school supply drive, community events

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published August 7, 2019

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CLAWSON — Sept 3. is an important date for students, teachers and parents — the first day of school.

And the Clawson Police Department wants to make sure that all Clawson students in kindergarten through 12th grade start the year off with all of their school supply needs met.

Since 2006 or 2007, Police Chief Scott Sarvello has led a school supply donation event. It originally began as a backpack drive, but he said the community has graciously donated a surplus of backpacks, so now the Police Department focuses on school supplies.

“We’re taking donations for kindergarten to seniors, so we’re talking crayons, paper, notebooks, composition notebooks — any school supplies,” Sarvello said. “All of the supplies go to Clawson Public Schools. We give them to the school offices, and they set up little storage bins.”

Over the years, the school supply drive has grown, and the Police Department delivers multiple bins of supplies to each school in the district, Sarvello said.

“It’s a great way for us to reach out and stay active in the community and make sure that every kid can start off the school year on the right foot with the right supplies,” Sarvello said.

Clawson Public Schools Superintendent Tim Wilson applauded the Police Department’s efforts to equip students with the tools for success.

“As teachers or principals see (students’) needs, they let students know they have supplies for them and try to be discreet about it,” Wilson said. “It’s a great program. We appreciate the partnership with the police and their willingness to help us out.”

School supplies can be delivered to the Clawson Police Department during regular hours. The Police Department is located at 425 N. Main St., north of 14 Mile Road. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Donations of school supplies can also be dropped off at the Police Department’s booth at the Aug. 11 Clawson Farmers Market. The farmers market will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clawson City Park, 935 N. Custer Ave.

The police will also hold two other community-centered events during the Aug. 11 Farmer’s Market — a free community naloxone training session and a “copsicles” event, in which police will partner with Dairy-O to hand out popsicles.

“We’re trying to bring awareness to the public. There’s so many opioid overdoses among the rich and poor,” Sarvello said. “It’s a big epidemic right now, and the more people that know how to counter (overdoses), the more lives can be saved.”

The naloxone training, a partnership between the Police Department, Alliance of Coalitions for Healthy Communities and the Clawson Community Coalition, will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All who attend will be trained how to properly administer the nasal spray and will receive an overdose reversal kit. Attendees must present a valid driver’s license and be at least 18. To register for the free event, visit For more information, call the ACHC at (248) 221-7101.

Sarvello said the “copsicles” event will be similar to coffee with a cop, but with popsicles, and that this is the first time the Police Department is hosting such an event.

“Anyone that comes up can get a free popsicle, whether or not they make a donation to the backpack drive,” he said. “It’s a way to come by and talk to a police officer.”

Chris Stepnitz, owner of Dairy-O and a 25-year Clawson resident, said he plans to have 200 junior Bomb Pops for the public.

“We’ll have at least one of my family there, probably myself or my wife or my daughter, to hand them out,“ Stepnitz said. “We’re really excited to be a part of it.”

For more information, call the Clawson Police Department at (248) 435-5000.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.