Tuesday, September 13, 2016

School supplies donated to Manchester

Teachers and principals from five elementary schools were able to "shop" for school supplies, thanks to the generous donation of a local charitable organization. The Manchester Police Department Community Policing Division and the Manchester Health Department teamed up with Finders Keepers of Exeter, NH, to provide free school supplies to Manchester’s school teachers. This effort will offset some of the expenses necessary to ensure students and classrooms have the supplies they need for a successful school year. 

Finders Keepers contacted the Community Policing Division in an effort to distribute the supplies. The Health Department has a close working relationship with several local elementary schools through the Manchester Community Schools Project, a partnership with the school district to transform local elementary schools into neighborhood hubs for improved connections to health and social services. Through this effort, five elementary schools -- Bakersville, Beech Street, Gossler Park, Parker-Varney, and Henry Wilson -- received the supply donation.

“Finders Keepers believes in helping others, and being involved in community outreach,” said Laura Barker, a volunteer at Finders Keepers. 

Finders Keepers offers premium new and used items at thrift shop pricing, or in this case free of charge. They attribute their success through generous donors and loyal customers.

“We would like to thank Finders Keepers for their generous donation of school supplies to support Manchester’s teachers and children,” said Captain Boucher from the Manchester Police Department. “This type of community involvement from local businesses demonstrates the power of partnerships to serve the greater good.” 

Police officers delivered the supplies to Bakersville Elementary School, where representatives from all five schools gathers to choose items for their classrooms. The donations included packages of pens and markers, paper, notebooks, erasers, glue sticks, binders and pencil cases. 

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