FOP donates backpacks to MaST

Each year, the FOP donates 450 backpacks filled with school supplies to three different schools.

FOP 5 president John McNesby passes a box of backpacks to a MaST Community Charter School III employee. LOGAN KRUM/TIMES PHOTO

The beginning of the school year during the COVID-19 pandemic is anything but ordinary, but one reliable constant is the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 donating backpacks and school supplies to students.

On Sept. 2, the first day students reported back to school, FOP members donated 150 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to MaST Community Charter School III, 12345 Roosevelt Blvd.

The backpacks were filled with pens, pencils, rulers, pencil cases and masks.

Backpacks filled with school supplies. LOGAN KRUM/TIMES PHOTO

“We like to do this every year and we’re going to continue doing it,” Lodge president John McNesby said.

FOP picks three schools to donate to each year. This year it has also selected Greenberg Elementary School and is still deciding on a third. ••