NEW BUFFALO — New Buffalo Township held its annual Public Safety Day on Sunday, Aug. 2, with some changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The school supply distribution was done drive-up style inside the fire station at 17655 East Clay St.

Items handed out during the school supply distribution (mostly for elementary pupils along with some middle schoolers) included headphones, dry erase equipment, boxes of crayons, glue sticks, markers, folders, scissors, and more.

New Buffalo Township Supervisor Michelle Heit said organizers decided to give out school supplies. along fire helmets and other items from the Sheriff’s Department and township firefighters drive-through style “at the last minute” due to the COVID-19 situation and rain that morning.

After that portion of the Public Safety Day, families could park and explore the police and fire vehicles parked puttied near the station, use a fire extinguisher and meet a special canine.

Jason Haskins of the Sheriff’s Department brought K-9 officer “Mika” (a Belgian Minout) to the Public Safety Day event.

“She is trained in narcotics, tracking and handler protection,” he said, adding that Mika has been in service for two years and started training when she was just over 1.

The township later thanked The Pokagon Fund for donating school supplies given away during the Public Safety Day, along with the New Buffalo Township Fire Department, Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and volunteers from New Buffalo Elementary “for making this event happen!”

“With COVID restrictions still in place, our school supply give away was done as a ‘drive through’ and we were missing some fun things like the bouncy house, but it was still a great day and a great turn out! See you next year!” the Facebook post continued.

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