MONTCLAIR, NJ - Hundreds of Montclair students will be going into the new school year prepared with school supplies, says Sgt. Tyrone Williams of the Montclair Police Department.
Williams is president of the Sentinels 16-87, Montclair's minority police officer's organization, who hosted the event.
"We gave away 571 backpacks filled with school supplies," said Williams.
Many community partners came together to support the charity event held in Glenfield Park on Sunday that drew over a thousand people to the park.
Open to any Montclair resident, the charity event has been going on for 10 years. With each passing year, the event has grown, so has the community support. The gifts of backpacks and school supplies were made possible by numerous community partners who have stepped up to assist Montclair students.
Dozens of volunteers from various organizations manned the activities and helped coordinate efforts throughout the park. Students participated in yoga, jump rope, basketball and numerous other organized play. Free food was given as well as free icees from Rita's
The Montclair public library mobile cart was also on hand to give away free books.
The Sentinels 16-87 worked in partnership with the following:
Montclair FOP #126
Montclair Police Department
Councilor Renee Baskerville
4th Ward Collaborative
Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. (MNDC)
National Council of Jewish Women
Essex County Section
Montclair Community Pre-K
Craftsman Club of Eureka Lodge #52
Montclair Police Athletic League (Montclair PAL)
Delta Sigma Theta
Montclair Alumnae Chapter
Montclair Cobras Junior Program
Montclair Brother To Brother
Montclair Board of Education
The Montclair Drifters
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Omicron Xi Omega Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity ETA PI Chapter
Montclair Education Association
RE/MAX Village Square Realtors