LITTLE CHUTE, Wis. (WFRV) – It was a special delivery Thursday for the Fox Valley Metro Police Department. Officers are now equipped with Buddy Bags, thanks to students from Flex Academy Charter School in Little Chute.
“There’s a book, a stuffed animal, a coloring book and some crayons,” explained 7th grader Hannah Lee.
They are supplies to help calm kids facing crisis situations.
“It truly is almost everyday,” said Officer Michael Lambie. “Whether it’s a large scale incident, recently with Menasha’s Trestle Trail bridge tragedy or everyday incidents. Whether it’s an automobile accident or it can be something very minor where a child is shaken up over something. Or a large scale incident, domestic violence, child abuse, just something that we can give to the child to help them cope.”
It was a community service project from start to finish. Students raised money, collected donations, then made the drop-off.
“It just provides that opportunity for their learning to grow and to develop in new ways,” said Kent Swanson, lead teacher at Flex Academy Charter School. ” and to see what their work has been able to produce.”
This project proves people of any age can do the right thing.
“It’s really awesome that we’re getting to help out kids,” added Lee.
Students also worked with the Heart of the Valley YMCA in Kimberly to get the community involved in the project.