The California Highway Patrol is gearing up for its annual Tools for Schools fundraiser to help needy children.
The program, which will last all of August, collects school supplies for needy children and donates them to the county Office of Education. This year, the CHP has partnered with K-Mart to help collect donations, said Officer Dan Stark. The Explorers of the Placerville post are also going to be heavily involved, he said.
Aug. 13 will see the CHP outside of Big Lots off of Fair Lane in Placerville collecting donations. “We’ll have speakers with music, it’ll be fun,” Stark said. On Aug. 25, CHP vehicles will be in front of K-Mart on Missouri Flat Road with the Explorers on duty. Stark said the CHP is looking at other possible partnerships with local businesses to have “as many collection sites as we can.” More sites means more possible donations. ”We want to collect as many supplies as we can. It’s going to be an active month,” Stark said.
The new partnership with K-Mart has been a boon to the fundraiser. “They’ve been really good, really big about communicating events,” Stark said. “Lots of kids need these types of supplies at the start of the school year. Our goal is to fill up a patrol car each day so that we have supplies to give out.”