‘Pack the Patrol Car’ initiative of Sarasota Police Department underway, with school starting on Aug. 4

Department personnel accepting wide variety of new school supplies, which will be turned over to the Boys and Girls Club

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With students in Sarasota preparing to return to school on Aug. 10, the Sarasota Police Department, in partnership with community members, wants to “Pack the Patrol Car” with new school supplies for the upcoming year, the department has announced.

The Sarasota Police Department began accepting school supplies on July 21 and will do so through Wednesday, Aug. 4, for the fourth annual “Pack the Patrol Car” initiative, a news release says. New school supplies may be dropped off from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Sarasota Police Department, which is located at 2099 Adams Lane in downtown Sarasota.

Following the “Pack the Patrol Car” donation drive, the release notes, members of the Sarasota Police Department will donate the supplies to the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto counties. “Supplies will be shared with students throughout the community the weekend before school begins,” the release says.

“The Sarasota Police Department is accepting new school supplies for all ages and grade levels,” the release emphasizes. Among the welcome items are backpacks, pencils, pens, highlighters, boxes of Kleenex, small bottles of hand sanitizer, folders, notebooks, glue, markers, crayons, erasers, and notebook paper, the release says.

Members of the Sarasota Police Department will divide all donations by grade level before donating them to the Boys and Girls Club, the release explains.