Thanks to the civilian and sworn staff of Century Station and Century Regional Detention Facility (CRDF), 300 children from Century YAL received new backpacks loaded with supplies to help them start the school year in style.
By providing items that families often can’t afford on their own, the project — dubbed Operation Backpack — ensures that youth are properly equipped to succeed academically. Children without access to school supplies have lower attendance rates, are more likely to do poorly in school and are at risk of dropping out. Backpacks are essential in helping children stay organized while moving between school and home, and proper supplies are necessary to complete assignments and greet each school day with confidence.
“The much-needed supplies brought more than smiles to these children,” says Sergeant Veronica De La Rosa, Century YAL’s manager. “This helps us prepare our students for school and gets them ready to learn.” De La Rosa, Captain Ernie Chavez and Lieutenant Chris Johnson were thrilled by the response they received when they asked Century and CRDF personnel to donate items for Operation Backpack. Deputies from both facilities even came to the YAL center on September 19 to personally distribute the supplies to the kids.
“The collaboration was exciting and made Operation Backpack a huge success,” says De La Rosa. “It brought our law enforcement team together for children, reflecting true community policing.”