Friday, August 11, 2017

MEDIA EVENT: "Backpacks and Snacks with Deputies" Tomorrow in Cornelius


News Release from Washington County Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: August 11th, 2017 4:25 PM
The Washington County Sheriff's Office invites our media partners to attend and cover a positive, community-oriented story taking place tomorrow in Cornelius.

Date: Saturday, August 12th
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Cornelius PD, 1311 N Barlow St, Cornelius, OR 97113

On hand for interviews:

- City of Cornelius Police Chief Al Roque
- Free Orchards Elementary Principal Karen Murphy
- Families of participating students *who are willing to speak with media*

On August 12, 2017, local children will be participating in "Backpacks and Snacks with a Deputy," a program providing elementary school students in Cornelius with much needed backpacks and supplies for the upcoming school year.

Children have been nominated by local schools and a total of 30 students will be receiving backpacks filled with school supplies. Participating schools are Cornelius Elementary, Echo Shaw Elementary, and Free Orchards Elementary.

On Saturday, the children and their families will be coming to the Cornelius precinct and enjoying a barbecue lunch hosted by first responders. The families will spend time with Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius and the Cornelius Fire Department, fostering positive relationships between youth and emergency first responders.

This program is sponsored by the Sheriff's Office Foundation of Washington County, Oregon and the Washington County Police Officer's Association, who are both providing funding, as well as Cornelius Elementary School, who is donating the backpacks. The Cornelius Fire Department is partnering in the event.

"The donations from this event not only send students to school with the supplies they need to learn, but it also increases their self-confidence and ensures a positive start to the new school year," said Free Orchards Elementary Principal Karen Murphy in a statement. "I am grateful for this partnership, as it builds a trusting relationship between our students, their families, and the community."

Media interested in attending can call the PIO line at 503-209-5613 for additional information. Day-of inquiries are asked to call Rylan Albright, WCSO Public Affairs (cell: 503-889-7207), who will be onsite during the event.
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