GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Mercy Health and local law enforcement are coming together to make sure every West Michigan student has a backpack for the school year.
Staff from the Heartside Health Center on Division Avenue in Grand Rapids are loading more than 350 backpacks into Kent County Sheriff's Department and Muskegon Police Department vehicles on Friday, Sept. 16.
The extra backpacks were collected through the "Back-to-School Bash" in August. Both the Kent County Sheriff's Department and the Muskegon Police Department will use the backpacks during their community outreach programs with students.
The departments are working to engage and build relationships with students.
"Being able to supply students with the basics for school is another way to bridge the gap between the police department and our community," says the Muskegon Police Department's School Resource Officer Chad Wilson.
You can learn more about Muskegon's outreach program at greatonline.com.
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