Families turn up for 8th annual Clothesline Project hosted by Cops for Community

Families turn up for 8th annual Clothesline Project hosted by Cops for Community
Published: Aug. 7, 2022 at 9:06 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - To help the community get ready for the school year, Anchorage Police Department employees hosted the 8th annual Clothesline Project on Saturday.

Community members and the police department provided clothes and other supplies at Clark Middle School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Senior Patrol Officer Angelina Salvato said the program receives help from the local community.

“It’s a kind of grassroots project, it’s a back-to-school clothing initiative,” Salvato said. “We are just trying to prepare kids and families for back to school. We know gas prices are through the roof and it’s a stressful time to get kids ready for school.”

The event was another chance to help families prepare for school, which starts Aug. 18 in Anchorage.

“We are back to that full family experience. Not only do you get clothing items, but Knights of Columbus is here to give away brand new coats,” officer and Cops For Community board member Jon Butlar said. “We have barbers here giving away professional style free haircuts for kids, we have other vendors giving healthy snacks, drinks. We’re cooking hotdogs, we have a bounce house for the kids — so it’s a lot of family fun.”

Bennetta Orchitt, the new principal for Clark Middle School, appreciates the project and said it’s about doing what’s best for students.

“It makes me feel very grateful for our community and the support, which is a nice positive start for the school year,” Orchitt said.

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