Several Brownsville police officers were in full force this morning, stuffing hundreds of backpacks with school supplies for elementary students.
“We understand the need, we’re out on our community,” said Brownsville Police Sgt. David De Leon.
The Brownsville Police Department, in partnership with community partners, conducted a backpack assembly where police officers took a brand new donated backpack, and went through an assembly line, where other officers and volunteers filled the backpack with spiral notebooks, binders, pencils and other school supplies.
“We are preparing to fill backpacks for backpack distribution we distribute these backpacks in coordination with BISD. We will be distributing to all 37 elementary schools,” he said.
Brownsville Independent School District is the largest district in the Rio Grande Valley, and one of the poorest.
“The Education Equity Index came out and placed Brownsville actually at the top of the class in educating students of poverty,” said Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas.
Brownsville PD is using the backpack assembly as a way to help build a positive relationship with students.
“Many of these kids, especially at that age, don’t understand what it is when they see a police officer. All they know is it’s a time of crisis for them. They may not understand what’s going on and this gives us an opportunity to reach out at a good time,” De Leon said.
The police department managed to fill nearly one thousand backpacks in one day and plan to distribute the backpacks personally to elementary students next week.