Fairfield school supplies collaboration successful

Fairfield school supplies collaboration successful

A meeting between a police chief and a Boy Scout turned into a successful endeavor.

The Boy Scouts Troop 41, Police Explorers 1033, the Kinston Community Relations Team and the Kinston Police Department came together for a back-to-school drive Sunday at Fairfield Park to ensure each student in Lenoir County would have necessary supplies for the upcoming year. The drive brought in 12 full cases of school supplies and more than $260 in the process.

Kinston 41 Troop Scoutmaster Fernando Escabi-Mendez said it started with a conversation between one of his troop members and Kinston Police Chief Alonzo Jaynes.

"With our troop, we have plenty of efforts when it comes to leadership," Escabi-Mendez said. "One of our boys, Thomas Grady, had a meeting with Chief Jaynes and this idea came up in the conversation. Thomas had the foresight to get the rest of the troop involved and with Senior Patrol Leader David Phillippe, we were able to collaborate with the Kinston Police Department for this event."

Jaynes said Lenoir County Public Schools will receive all products donated and distribute to all students in need.

"We thought it was more equitable to do it that way," Jaynes said. "Often times when you have back to school giveaways, it can be hard to reach everyone. Some communities and students may receive more than others, so we know LCPS will get the goods to everyone who needs them."

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