One student, Mandela Carson, 9, left, cautiously eyed what was inside as Bridgette Firestone handed her the present.
All 17 students at the Jackson Street school will receive the packages, chock full of sensory stimulating items collected as part of the Cops for Kids with autism program — first launched by Wakeman police Officer Julianna Trunko.
The program is designed to show children with autism that police officers are good, said Firestone, the coordinator for the Huron County program and whose son, Breydin Firestone, 16, is also a student a Haugland.
Erie County isn’t part of the program’s ninecounty area, but students were allowed to apply to the program and enough donations came in to give every student a basket, Firestone said. “It’s about showing them a cop is a good person, is a nice person,” she said. Normally, officers deliver the baskets to each child’s home.