Fraternal Order Of Police Donates 500 Book Bags

Members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Brian O’Branovich and Robert Stewart both members of the Smithfield Police Department, help carry book bags out to cars to be transported to Johnston County Public Schools.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #88 bought and donated 500 book bags to help children in Johnston County Public Schools.

Each new book bag was filled with school supplies like pencils, paper, glue sticks, erasers, folders, and notebooks which were also purchased by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

“It’s part of our mission as the Johnston County Fraternal Order of Police to make sure we get out and give back to the community,” said Ronald Daniels, member of the Fraternal Order of Police. “It’s exciting and rewarding to be a part of this because we know there are kids out there who don’t have these items and to be able to provide them is a great thing.”

Members of the order worked alongside JCPS Student Services staff to fill the bags on Wednesday at the Johnston County Public Schools West Campus Gymnasium in Smithfield.

“We are really thankful for all the support today, especially in the wake of Hurricane Florence. These supplies are needed now more than ever,” said Dr. Amanda Allen, Director of Social and Emotional Learning for Johnston County Public Schools.

The Fraternal Order of Police began donating book bags to the district in 2005. This year marks the 14th year that they have continued to show their support.

“This event shows we are partners and not separate entities in our community,” said Dr. Allen. “We work closely with our community members to make sure we are meeting the needs of our youth. The work we are doing  with kids in the classroom directly affects the work officers do in the community.”