Clawson police hold school supplies drive

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 28, 2021

File photo by Brian Louwers

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CLAWSON — The Clawson Police Department is once again asking the public to contribute to its school supplies drive, which will benefit students in Clawson Public Schools and other charities.

For the past approximately 14 years, the drive has generated a backup supply for students in need of school supplies. Police Chief Scott Sarvello introduced the initiative as a way to give back to the schools.

This year, Sarvello said, thanks to a generous donation from the First Responders Children’s Foundation, the department does not need to collect backpacks. He said the nonprofit organization, which offers financial assistance to children who have lost a first responder parent, reached out to him and provided several cases of backpacks.

“That’s more than we typically use or need. We’re going to give some to charities around here once we’re done with the schools,” Sarvello said. “Now we’re mostly looking for school supplies to go along with those.”

The department is currently collecting donations of notebooks, binders, crayons, markers, pencils, pens and other school supplies.

They can be brought into the Police Department, located at 425 N. Main St., during regular business hours, which are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays and 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays. Donation bins also are available at the Blair Memorial Public Library, 416 N. Main St., as well as in the south vestibule of Clawson City Hall.

Police officers historically have held a collection of school supplies during the Clawson Farmers Market, but they are not able to do so this year due to the cancellation of the market.

“We used to stuff backpacks and get school supply lists, but now schools keep the supplies in bulk in the office, so students can go in and grab what they need,” Sarvello said.

According to a First Responders Children’s Foundation press release, the group has annually supported Michigan families by distributing free backpacks in various cities across the state during the back-to-school season.

“By providing backpacks to distribute, these nonprofit, public-private relationships are helping to grow trust with the community’s youth, who need our help now more than ever,” Jillian Crane, president of First Responders Children’s Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “These community building events in Michigan are another step towards the goal of bringing police officers and their communities together, providing a one-to-one platform that fosters new, positive relationships.”

Checks benefiting the effort can be made payable to Clawson School Supply Drive.

For more information, email ssarvello@cityofclawson.com or call (248) 655-4454.

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