EASTLAKE, Ohio -- A lesson learned outside of the classroom: the police plus a grant equal a back to school experience some area children won't soon forget.
Some young VIPs got a police escort to the Walmart Supercenter in Eastlake Thursday for a Shop with a Cop event.
Law enforcement officers from Lake County paired up with area children to do some back to school shopping.
“I think it's pretty interesting. I didn't know that we'd be shopping with cops and I think it's pretty cool. Because I have never shopped with a cop," student Emily Moberg of Willoughby said.
Timberlake Police received a $1,500 grant from Walmart. That gave 15 children each a $100 dollar gift card to buy their much-needed school supplies.
“We got a lot of stuff on the list -- a lot of school supplies, binders, pencils, a lot of stuff," student Tyrell Conner of Painesville said.
The police partnered with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio who organized the shopping spree.
"Most of these are coming from single parent families. It was really just a random generation of who we thought could really benefit from it," Shannon Majewski of Big Brothers, Big Sisters said.
This is the first time the police have done a "back to school" Shop with a Cop. They see it as part of their job to protect and serve.
“It is definitely part of the serve. You know, serve our community, serve the children and give them to experience they should have with the positive aspects of law enforcement,” Timberlake Police Patrolman Adam Shaw said.
And, the smiles and the gratitude come at no extra charge.
"I think it's pretty cool that we get to shop with the officers and they're letting us do this with them,” student Ellen Boulware of Perry said.
Samarah Robinson of Wickliffe added, “And I think that God gave us a pretty good family and Big Brothers and Big Sisters is a good program for kids. And, I am very, very happy to be here."