The Lake Orion Police visited Blanche Sims Elementary Wednesday morning to make a special presentation.
Three officers – chief Jerry Narsh, patrol investigator Todd Stanfield and Lake Orion Police Association president Frank Scarpaci – visited to present a check for $2,000 from the LOPA.
The money is divided into $1,500 intended to be used for teachers to purchase school supplies for their classrooms and $500 to assist students who need help purchasing school lunches.
As the only LOCS school in the Village of Lake Orion, Sims Elementary students and staff have a special relationship with the police department.
For the third straight year, there will be a mini-station in the school where officers can do their daily work while still having a presence in the building.
That’s why it made sense for the officers to donate their own money to Sims.
“This is part of our yearly fundraising activities,” Scarpaci said. “We collect money for all different types of activities. This is the first time we’re doing something like this with our funds. We hear it often when we’re out on the street but we truly appreciate what all of you (teachers) do too. This is our way of giving back, and we want to take care of our community.”
Nuss echoed that, pointing out that the community is like a family and the school is an extension of that.
“You’re certainly a part of that, and we can’t thank you enough,” Nuss said.
Officer Stanfield had the idea and presented it to Chief Nash about a month ago and was able to present the check to Nuss with the Sims staff and LOCS superintendent Marion Ginopolis on hand.