DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — The Denison Police Department is teaming up with Houston Elementary school to make sure students aren't going to school empty-handed.

"School supply shopping can be hard for families, and it can be a burden," said Principal Kari Abrams. "So just anything we can take off from our families and help them out."

Thanks to some grant funding, the police department is able to distribute 200 backpacks packed with school supplies to five elementary schools in the Denison Independent School District.

"We really like to use projects and grants like that to give back," said Denison police spokesperson Emily Agans. "And we especially love to connect with the young minds here in Denison."

Houston Elementary second grader Roxy Higgins was excited to receive her new supplies.

"I have three books, and then I have a pencil bag," she said.

"It was a good thing; she was excited!" said Roxy's mom, Chelsea Higgins. "She was happy to come to the school at least because she hasn't been here all summer."

"Actually pretty good that they care about the students and make sure they have what they need," added Jessica Reeves, whose child is also headed to second grade. "Thank you for what you're doing. We appreciate it."