Rapid City Police Department helps local students gear up for academic success with back-to-school essentials

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Last year, the Rapid City Police Department teamed up with the I Am Legacy organization and the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board for a school supplies drive and distribution. Combined donations from residents at both Wal-Mart locations and Target were able to provide at least 200 students with brand-new supplies to start the school year off.

A Rapid City Police Officer Shakes Hands With A Resident Dropping Off School SuppliesThis year, officers kicked off the first day of collections at both Wal-Mart locations on Wednesday. From 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at each location, officers were looking to fill a cop car with back-to-school essentials for the upcoming school year.

Monetary donations are accepted, which will all go towards the purchase of more supplies. However, officers prefer actual materials to be donated for  future distribution.

“Big things that I would see when I was a school resource officer were notebooks, some binders, backpacks were a little bit bigger, but like I said, we will take anything and we really appreciate it,” Rapid City Police Department Senior Officer Nicholas Strampe said. “In the past when we have done these events, the community has really rallied and it has been a great event.”

For anyone who missed the first donation drive, RCPD will host another for the public to drop off more supplies at the Wal-Mart on LaCrosse Street Friday, Aug. 26 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

According to the National Retail Federation, some families are expecting to spend more than $800 in school supplies this year. They also report that spending nationwide this year could be close to $40 billion dollars.

However, as inflated prices continue to be a national problem for families and are expected to affect back-to-school essentials, donation drives can provide a much-needed extra hand for families with children getting ready for the new school year.

“There is no reason that any kid who does not have school supplies should not have any,” Senior Officer Strampe said. “I have worked as a school resource officer for the last five years and am just transitioning from that. But I know the big difference of even just kids that do not usually have that, it makes a big difference on them wanting to come to school.”

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