Residents, businesses donate $11K in school supplies for Glendale PD's back-to-school drive

Glendale police collect school supplies for kids
Glendale police collect school supplies for kids
Posted at 4:15 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 20:14:16-04

GLENDALE, Ohio – Residents and businesses in Glendale donated more than $11,000 in school supplies for children needing some help before they go back to school.

Police prepared and distributed 75 backpacks full of pencils, erasers, notebooks, folders and everything else students need to children in the village Wednesday.

“Our residents give a lot of school supplies and donations to not only fill the backpacks, but also take the children shopping for new shoes and clothing and things like that,” Bev Rieckhoff said.

The school supplies are on the list of items required by Princeton Schools.

Glendale Police Chief Dave Warman, who has spearheaded the campaign for about seven years, said he believes it’s important for all the children to have the same opportunity from the first day of school.

“The first day of school is the day you begin to learn, and education is everything in this country,” Warman said. “Without other people doing their small parts to make this happen, kids would have a disadvantage right off the bat.”

Warman called the volume of donations "unbelievable."

"Our folks step up time and time again," he said.