Students at Hamilton Elementary School got an exciting surprise Friday when San Diego police officers came to their school bearing very useful gifts: brand-new backpacks filled with school supplies.
SDPD’s Mid-City Juvenile Service Team and Councilmember Marti Emerald’s staff hosted a backpack giveaway, donating the bags filled with school supplies to students in need, as selected by school faculty.
For many of the children, school supplies are difficult to purchase, so the donations were highly needed and appreciated.
Rudy Vargas, of Marti Emerald’s office, said the councilmember’s team donated $2,000 to make the giveaway possible. In conjunction with the San Diego Police Department, Emerald and police hope to help more local children in this way in the future.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner up with them and continue delivering resources to our youth,” Vargas told NBC 7. “The kids are really happy. This is just one of the many resources they need to be successful in life, to give them an opportunity to excel.”
SDPD Sgt. Ben McCurry said the department was thrilled to partake in Friday’s event.
“It’s great to see them get the tools that they need to be able to go to school and get an education. It’s good to see them excited about school,” said McCurry.