Riverside police have provided about 500 schoolchildren with a little magic as they prepare to head back to class this month.
Our community is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of it’s inhabitants, regardless of background or socioeconomic status. Another example of how Riverside exemplifies Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar, the Riverside Police Dept. values the potential of students from lower income families and focuses on facilitating their school supplies. Everyone in our community deserves access to quality education, and the opportunity to engage with one another for a better life for all.
The Riverside Police Officers’ Association, A Foundation for Kids and the Riverside Police Foundation have handed out backpacks to children from low-income families in the past two weeks. On Tuesday, Officers Ryan Railsback and Mike Crawford, Lt. Eric Charette and other Police Department employees lined up 75 grade-schoolers at Casa Blanca Library and gave them sturdy, black backpacks loaded with pens, pencils, paper, folders, rulers and crayons.
“If you give them a good foundation, they will go far in life,” said Rose Marie Lane, the community liaison for the Police Officers’ Association and unofficial Police Department mom. “You have to give them the tools to start with.”
One child put on a sad face after being handed a backpack. It seemed he already had one at home. Lane told the boy that there were magic pens inside that would help him get good grades. Lane suggested the boy share this duplicate backpack and gave him a big hug.
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