The West Point and Okolona Police Department both put together their own back to school bash, Saturday afternoon.
The police were able to give away backpacks, paper, pencils, and markers to students of all ages. They were able to put on these events for free, because of volunteers and generous donations.
This was the West Point police department's first year putting on this event. They gave away so many backpacks; they could barely keep count.
"It feels good to be able to give back to these kids. A lot of police are out here to get to know some of them, and they can see us and see what we are trying to do is make a difference in the community," West Point Police Chief, Avery Cook said.
For the Okolona Police Department, it was their 4th year putting together an event like this. They were able to give away over 300 backpacks.
"We know it is back to school, and a lot of these kids are in need, and so we try to fill their need. I went around and tried to see what the kids were missing, and we know all kids need bookbags, so we are just trying to be a help to them," Okolona Assistant Police Chief, Jermandy Jackson said.
Both departments wish all the kids a happy and safe week back at school.