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Shop with a Cop Event Gets Kids Ready for School

Posted at: 08/24/2013 10:52 PM

Shop With a Cop
Shop With a Cop
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(ABC 6 News)-- With the school year right around the corner for many kids, parents are making sure to get everything on their supply list. But a handful of third graders in Fillmore County got the chance to shop with a different type of role model today.

Shopping for school supplies is a day most parents tackle once a year. But this year, the duty was took on by a different role model.

"Sounds like we need some pencils," said Lt. Brian Miner, Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office.

Police officers from the Fillmore County area took a group of 3rd graders out shopping Saturday morning.

"That one probably will fit, you want to try it on," said Miner.

It's all part of the Salvation Army's shop with a cop event where each student receives $125 to get ready for school.

"It’s just a fun way to get come out and get the school supplies and hopefully we can get what they need and help them out and just to get them a good start to the school year," said Miner.

"Got a lot of cool stuff. Shop with a cop is fun, but normal shop is kinda," said 3rd Grader Scout Troutman.

The day goes beyond filling up the shopping basket.

"It's a good opportunity to connect with some kids, maybe show them that we can be good role models," said Miner.

The Salvation Army's red kettle donations helped pay for the shop with a cop event today. This is the second year they've done it in Fillmore County and they hope to get more students involved next year.