Sentinels 16 Supports Students

The Sentinels 16 will be empowering students' education by hosting their annual free school supplies giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sentinels 16 host free school supplies event!

Notebooks and school supplies
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The Sentinels 16, Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association, will have officers giving out free school supplies to Montclair families at their eighth annual School Supplies Give-Away, taking place on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Supplies are limited and pre-registration for the event is required. The event will take place in Glenfield Park, and children must be present at the event to receive school supplies. The giveaway event will also feature a free cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers, games and prizes.

According to a recent announcement on the town of Montclair’s website, “Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville and Montclair Police Department School Resource Officer Kim Nelson-Edwards are pleased to announce the Eighth Annual Free School Supplies event, sponsored by the Sentinels 16, Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association. The event will take place Sunday, August 30, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., in Glenfield Park, 115 Maple Avenue, Montclair. Joining families at the event will be interim schools superintendent Ronald Bolandi, Montclair Township Mayor Robert Jackson, Montclair NAACP President Albert Pelham, and many community partners, neighbors and friends.”

The Sentinels 16 request that those interested in utilizing the giveaway please register to receive age appropriate backpacks by sending an email message to with the following information: your name and address, the names of your child/children and their grades.

There are many local organizations that are co-sponsors of this event. Those co-sponsors are:

  • Montclair Fraternal Order of Police #126 (FOP)
  • Renee Baskerville and the 4th Ward Collaborative
  • Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Montclair Education Association
  • Craftman Club of Eureka Lodge #52
  • Montclair Police Athletic League
  • Montclair Cobras Football Team and Cheerleaders

If you are interested in getting involved, making a donation or just getting more information, please contact the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation at 973-744-9094.

According to their website,, the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation is “a non-profit community based social service agency, founded in 1969. Basic programs offered are Crisis Intervention, Supportive Services and Youth Development.” Their mission is “to empower and support disadvantaged individuals, youth and families to achieve an improved quality of life through training, education and advocacy.

The Sentinels 16 are Montclair’s Minority Police Officer Association. According to their website,, their mission is “to unite members in bonds of fraternity and benevolence, promote social and mutual aid of the membership and community socially/intellectually. As partners in the community, [they are] vigilant on issues concerning the fair, just, non-discriminatory and impartial treatment of the membership and citizens of the community. [They also] encourage the growth and advancement of the membership in the career of law-enforcement.”

Whether you are in need of the school supplies or you want to donate to the event, this is a great way to get involved with the community and the Sentinels 16!

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