SAN ANTONIO - Children were able to start the school year off right with free school supplies. San Antonio Youth Educational Support donated about 200 school supplies packs to children at the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio Eastside Clubhouse Thursday.
"We know that being able to provide kids with school supplies to start the school year sets them on the right path to be successful for the year," said Danielle Gunter, executive director of San Antonio Youth Educational Support.
The school supplies packs contained things like paper, pencils, crayons, notebooks and rulers.
The children were excited to get those supplies.
"We need school supplies so we can learn more in school," said Christian Rodriguez, an 11-year-old.
San Antonio Youth Educational Support received some big help from the San Antonio Police Department.
Three officers handed out the supplies, including Captain Troy Torres.
"This is a great assignment. (I) love these types of assignments," Torres said.
Torres, accompanied by a couple of veteran patrolmen, Kevin Whisenhunt and Monico Meneses, said the officers took advantage of the opportunity to spend a few moments with the children to show officers are humans, too.
"We are a part of the community, and to come to an event like this and be a part of these kids’ lives, just to show again we're human and show that lighter side of us," Torres said.
The officers talked about math, the equator and even about some of the equipment they use to do their job. They wanted to remind children that they’re there to help.
"If they need us, whatever the case may be, that is what we're here for, and they can approach us and talk to us like they could a teacher or counselor. We’re here to help," Torres said.
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