RI State Police distribute school supplies to hundreds of students

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island State Police announced Tuesday that officers have collected hundreds of classroom supplies during their annual “Kids, Cops and Classroom” campaign.

Col. Ann Assumpico said the campaign’s goal is to help ease the financial burden that many families face when it comes to buying school supplies.

“We care about the people of Rhode Island. We are not only here to protect you… we are here to help you and your families,” Assumpico said.

According to Assumpico, troopers this year collected thousands of dollars’ worth of backpacks and school supplies to help students across the state start the school year on the right foot.

Troopers distributed some of those supplies at an event Tuesday. The other donations will be distributed to social service agencies and community groups throughout the state.

“Together, we are making the first day of school a little brighter for a lot of children in our state,” Assumpico said.

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