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Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad, New Haven Fire Department help students head back to school

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This week, the Channel 3 and Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad teamed up with the New Haven Fire Department to equip some students who were heading back to school.

It’s a surprise that was in the works for months, thanks to the fire department.

“We want to bring awareness for higher education,” said firefighter Derick Meade, New Haven Fire Department. “We want the kids to go back to school well-prepared.”

To help, the department and the squad orchestrated a back-to-school backpack giveaway.

It was the brainchild of Meade, who is a rookie firefighter.

“We want to speak to them and give them words of encouragement,” Meade said. “Tell them to keep their grades, and one day they can be in our position.”

“Even though he's only been on roughly about a year, he took the lead on this and a lot of firefighters who have 10, 20 years on him followed him,” said Chief Allyn Wright, New Haven Fire Department.

This community-driven event in the Elm City was one with which the Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad was happy to help.

The department was even kind enough to give part of the squad a lift to Edgewood Park in one of its trucks. The squad van was close behind.

The dozens of children at the park said they were happy to receive the backpacks, which were filled with school supplies. The supplies included pencils, folders, notebooks, sharpies and other things.

Parents told the squad that they were just as surprised as the children.

“It makes it a lot easier for them to get things that they don't have to worry about so much,” said Faith Evans of New Haven.

“We appreciate it because a lot of us don't have it,” said Sharon Morrison of New Haven. “And you know you gave back to the community and that's excellent and we appreciate you.”

There were big thanks to Liberty Bank and Channel 3 all around.

To see more Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad stories or to nominate someone, click here.

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