Fraternal Order Of Police Donates 600 Book Bags To Needy Children

Fraternal Order of Police members stand together after packing 600 book bags with Johnston County Public Schools staff. From left are Chris Blinson, David Johnson, Billy Thomas, Jamie Hughes, Rich Cooper, Jason Linder, Robert Stewart, and Robert Daniels.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #88 bought and donated 600 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).

River Dell Elementary’s Elizabeth Sinclair (left) and West View Elementary’s Darrick McNeill (right) help prepare bookbags for students in need of school supplies.

“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 Jason Linder, member of the Fraternal Order of Police. “I hope the students know that the police are their friends, and we’re here to do positive things for the community.”

Members of the order worked alongside JCPS Student Services staff to fill the bags on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the district’s Facility Services office in Smithfield.

Four Oaks Middle’s Heather Carr (left) and Cooper Academy’s Garfield Martin (right) help prepare bookbags for students in need of school supplies.

“Anytime we can gather the community together to meet the needs of our students is great,” said Susan Kelly, Lead School Social Worker for Johnston County Public Schools. “Our students are more successful when they have what they need to do well in school.”

The Fraternal Order of Police began donating backpacks to the district in 2005. This year marks the 13th year that they have continued to show their support.

“Whenever the community comes together we all grow together,” said Kelly. “When our community is involved in our schools then we all benefit. Everyone is growing together because it really does take a village to raise these children.”