SAVANNAH, GA (August 16, 2011): The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is partnering with Savannah businesses and churches on Friday to provide area school students with supplies and a cookout.

The cookout and school supplies giveaway will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. at the YMCA at 1110 May Street. Eagle One, SCMPD’s police helicopter, is scheduled to make an appearance.

Businesses including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Target, Six Gear, Prezidential Ryderz, Food Lion, Rays Butcher Shop Club Rain, and the Rev.Joseph Baker of Townsley Chapel A.M.E. Church and Elder Nathaniel Neal of the Savannah District A.M.E. Church are contributing to the event to help get school children off to the right start. Most Savannah Chatham County Public School System schools start the 2011-2012 school year on Monday.

“Our purpose is to start the school year off on a positive note, identifying with the students and accentuating the positive aspects of staying in school and preparing yourself for the future,” said Central Precinct Juvenile Officer Greg Sublett, one of the organizers of the event.

“This is an exciting time, but can also be a time of apprehension for some kids. A new school year means more challenges. Some will be in new schools with the need to make new friends. Some can be challenged to fund the supplies and clothing needed to start the year. We hope to help those issues as best we can.”

No preregistration is required for the event. Students need only show up to get their supplies and dinner.


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