500 backpacks given away at Cops and Kids Day

Published 9:20 pm Saturday, August 6, 2016

Backpacks and other school supplies are unloaded from a trailer at the seventh annual Cops and Kids Day on Saturday.

Backpacks and other school supplies are unloaded from a trailer at the seventh annual Cops and Kids Day on Saturday.

Hundreds of children turned out Saturday for the Selma Police Department’s seventh annual Cops and Kids Day.

The event started at 10 a.m. and by then there was already a long line of families by the Farmers Market at Bloch Park. Students were given a book bag filled with supplies and well as a hot dog lunch and Kona Ice.

“This is our seventh annual year with this program out here, and I think that’s a blessing,” said Lt. Natasha Fowlkes, who organized the event.

The police department had more than 300 book bags to giveaway, while Michael Johnson’s Foundation donated another 200.

“We’ve got a bunch of book bags, and I think we have enough book bags to give everyone one out here,” said Police Chief John Brock.

Brock also thanked Fowlkes for her work in putting the day together. In addition to the school supply giveaway and lunch, there were inflatables for the kids to play on.

“She is the one that put this program on. She is doing an outstanding job the last several years doing this thing,” Brock said. “It’s a lot of work. She is doing stuff at home trying to get this thing set up.”

Brock also thanked local businesses and organizations that donated to Cops and Kids Day. The Selma Fire Department was also helping with the day.

“There are a lot of people behind the scenes that get this thing going ever year,” Brock said.

This year’s sponsors included: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Craig Credit Union, the city of Selma, Earl Ashe Autoelectric Company, Henry Brick, Trustmark Bank, Flowers Bakery, Ziegler’s, Vaughan Regional Medical Center, Michael Johnson’s mother Thomasine Johnson, Dave’s Market, Selma Cash Saver and Dallas County E-911.

The police department is also inviting people to come out for its Selma-Night Out, which will be held Aug. 16 at the amphitheater.

Look for more details in a future edition of the Times-Journal.