Twenty students were selected by their principals in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 for a special back-to-school event in August.
Thanks to a partnership with the Burnsville Police Department and a grant from the Walmart Foundation, each student received a $100 gift card and shopped for school supplies with help from police officers.
"This was a great way to start the school year," said Superintendent Joe Gothard, "and certainly a message to students that the community values their education and supports their success."
The Shop With A Cop event included officers from the Burnsville, Eagan and Savage Police Departments and the Minnesota Highway Patrol.
Gothard thanked Danielle Larson of Walmart and Burnsville Police Officer Justina Bird for initiating the project. Allen Lentsch, CEO of Northland Auto Enterprises, also donated to support the event.