Suffern police pay off students' school lunch money debtPosted: Updated:
Whoever said there's no such thing as a free lunch never met the Suffern police.
On Wednesday, the department donated more than $1,500 to pay off money for school lunches owed by students at Richard P. Connor Elementary.
School principal Kelly Benadi says the police department's donation settled all debts of the 430 students who attend Richard Connor. Benadi added at least half of the kids regularly have to owe money when they eat lunch.
Chief Clarke Osborn attended Richard P. Connor Connor as a child.
"It was just an idea I had. It took off much bigger than I thought," he says.
Osborn says all the donated lunch money was raised through the village's DARE program. The popular initiative provides activities like dances and a hockey league to help keep kids away from drugs and violence.
All the money in the Suffern DARE program is raised by police and not taken out of the village budget.