Seventy students from Grant Elementary School recently received gift bags filled with personal and essential school items as part of the annual Shop with a Cop event held in partnership with the Long Beach Police Department.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s event was modified to comply with social distancing regulations. The event traditionally pairs a student with a police employee for an afternoon of shopping at a local store.
For this year's event, selected students were assigned scheduled pick up times. Upon arrival, students received “swag” bags and a ‘Shop with a Cop’ t-shirt, and they were signed up along with their siblings to receive toys from Toy Patrol, an LBPD outreach program that provides toys to children every December. LBPD officers directly delivered the toys to students’ homes before Christmas.
The “swag” bags included personal hygiene items and essential items for virtual learning, such as blue blocker glasses, headphones and a Chromebook stand. Students also received pencils, lanyards and pizza coupons from Domino’s Pizza.