“The look on the children’s faces is priceless when you see how happy they are to receive free books. Pocono Alliance believes that each book acts as a conduit between kids and community through literacy,” says Roxanne Powell, Director of Development. The Cops N Kids Literacy Program was established in urban area Wisconsin in 1997.
It was created to help bring law enforcement agencies together with the community they serve. It provides police departments with the means to make the connection between officers, and the people they serve. The program’s goal is to help break down barriers and teach police officers and citizens to trust and depend on each other.
Chief William J. Parrish of Stroud Area Regional Police tells the team, “I am very familiar with this program. In fact, I am the program (on the ‘Cop’ side) for now. I am hopeful that the program will continue to grow, at which point I would approach other departments and other officers in my own department to encourage their participation. I work with East Stroudsburg School District during Parents/Teachers nights, the Bridges out of Poverty program, Pleasant Valley High School during Special Olympic competitions and parks during Summer Days. Well, basically any event that is attended by children. Sitting with them reading a book creates a positive reaction towards law enforcement as some have only experienced a negation interaction when we deal with their parents’ issues. I never knew Frailey Insurance and Financial Services did these types of outreach projects. I am most appreciative and thankful for their continuing community support.”
If you would like more information to see how you can get involved, you may contact Peggie A. Livingston, Project Coordinator, at 570 421-7447 x230.
For more information about Cops N Kids Literacy Program, contact Roxanne Powell at 570 517-3958 or visit poconoalliance.org.
(Information from Carole Ann Bower)
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