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 Officers come out in force to get kids back to school
Chicago Police Officers are always helping students head into another school year.
Officers from the 2nd and 5th Districts escorted the children of fallen officers Eduardo Marmolejo and Samuel Jimenez to their first day of school. The officers saluted the girls as they walked into Morgan Park Academy on Sept. 8.
It was tribute to display gratitude for the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and were killed in the line of duty, Jimenez
in 2019 and Marmolejo in 2018.
This was not the only example of officers getting involved
with students in the community. From escorting students to giving away free school supplies to hosting a back-to-school bash, officers spent the end of the summer preparing kids be- fore school was in session.
Here is a look at officers helping children for the upcoming year:
      6th District
 11th District
  10th District
10th District officers teamed up with the Chicago Bears and the Bears Outreach Pro- gram on Aug. 22 to provide children with free school supplies during their annual back-to-school event. Officers distributed school safety information, clothing and backpacks to the attending children.
15th District officers partnered with Taproots, a social ser- vices organization in Chicago, to host a Back to School Event at the district parking lot on Aug. 28. The event provided community members with bookbags, food from Chubby’s Char House, ice cream and resources.
11th District officers at- tended a Back to School event on Sept. 11 at Roo- sevelt and Pulaski to in- teract with children. The students were able to en- joy free supplies, food and entertainment provided by the district, Shell Gas and LP Entertainment.
 In preparation for the start of a new school year, 6th District offi- cers provided children with free haircuts and a school supply give- away. Officers contributed to the entertainment at the event by playing live music.
   15th District
  18th District
   14th District
    14th District officers partnered with Humboldt Park Jeeps to do- nate backpacks filled with school supplies on Sept. 18. The back- packs were taken to the Unity Event at Humboldt Park to give away to students.
18th District officers held a Back to School event at their district on Sept. 1, featuring a dunk tank, games and even a horse for children and their families to enjoy. The district part- nered with Fatt Bellies, Black Girls Break Bread and By The Hand Kids Club to host the event.
In the Morgan Park-based 22nd District, back-to-school season went in two direc- tions — police supporting students, and a school celebrating officers. Before young- sters returned to the classroom, 22nd District officers visited the back-to-school event hosted by M&H Outreach and Holy Zion Church. A couple of weeks later, the students, teachers and staff at Mt. Green- wood School welcomed officers as part of First Responders Day.
22nd District

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