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First-ever Fill A Cruiser is big success

August 7, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Halfway through the Fill A Cruiser campaign on Friday, it was an apparent success. Cruisers parked at Walmart and in front of Target and Office Max were nearly full with two more hours to go.

"We almost have to go bring in a second cruiser," said Boardman Patrolman Mike Calautti.

He said this is the first year for the Fill A Cruiser program, and it was obviously a big success. By parking a cruiser outside the store with a large banner on it, the donations started coming in. Timing was right as Friday was an Ohio tax-free holiday for school supplies.

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Boardman Patrol Officers Shannon Chaffee, Mike Calautti and Evan Beil were quickly running out of room on Friday (Aug. 2) as they collected school supplies for less fortunate students. The parked a cruiser in front of Target, Office Max and Walmart to collect the generous donations from shoppers.

"It's a great way to take advantage of Ohio's tax-free weekend, and pick up a few extra items to help get all of our kids ready for the new school year," said Boardman Sgt. Mike Sweeney.

Items on the list included loose leaf paper, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, folders, binders, dry erase markers, glue, index cards, tissue products, hand sanitizer and Clorox type cleaning products.

The products and supplies collected will go to Boardman students in K-8th grades.

"When the collection is over, we will divide what we collected as equally as possible, then deliver then to Boardman's elementary schools, Center Middle School and Glenwood Junior High School," Calautti said.

Les Grimes from Boy Scout Troop 54 said, "We came out to help and encourage people to donate to this cause."



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