PWCS students shop with cops
Posted on 12/20/2018
Police officers holiday shopping with children.

Thanks to the Fraternal Order of Police Battlefield Lodge 43 and SPARK, the education foundation for Prince William County Public Schools, the holidays were made even more special for 80 students.

Several local uniformed officer(s) picked up the students and took them to Wal-Mart for a special shopping spree. Each student was given $175 to spend. The officers helped the students select clothes and toys. But the students also showed their holiday spirit by spending some of the money on gifts for their families.

Two events were held -- one on the west end of the county at the Manassas Wal-Mart located next to Manassas mall, and another on the east end at the Woodbridge Wal-Mart located next to Potomac Mills mall. After the shopping, the officers took their guests to breakfast. During the trip the officers flashed their lights and sirens to the delight of students. While students and their new officer friends enjoyed breakfast, Prince William County’s Police Academy Cadets and School Division personnel wrapped the gifts. On the west end of the county the Park West Lion’s club hosted the breakfast while Outback Steakhouse provided breakfast on the east end of the county.

Prince William County Police Chief Barry Barnard and Prince William County School Board Member for the Gainesville District, Alyson Satterwhite, were among the special guests who stopped by to join in the fun.

SPARK’s Executive Director Sharon Henry said, “We are happy to help with this annual event. Not only do the students enjoy having new clothes and toys, but they have the chance to spend time with our local law enforcement. It’s a positive connection for all involved.”

Officers from the Adult Detention Center did not stop with their generosity by helping with the Shop with a Cop event, they recently dropped off hats, scarves and mittens to the SPARK office that will be delivered to students.