The City of Waynesboro, VA
Shenandoah Crime Stoppers;
of the Library - Staunton, Augusta County, Waynesboro;
Valley Reading Council
used for increasing literacy rates, decreasing crime, and helping
police solve unsolved crimes
Book 'Em Foundation's purpose is to raise awareness of the link
that exists between high illiteracy rates and high crime rates,
increase literacy rates, and decrease crime rates.
Officer Kearney is reading to a 5th grade class at William Perry
5th grade teacher Melissa Shank
said, "My fifth graders get so excited when I tell them an officer
is coming to read. They sit on the floor close to the reader and
relax while listening to the stories. The best part is the
conversation between the students and the reader after the book is
finished. They are developing a relationship with someone from the
community who has taken a real interest in their lives and it makes
them feel special. I think it helps them see that police officers
are real people with some of the same interests they have."
The Book 'Em Foundation is pleased to announce the Fairfax Coalition
of Police has become a charter member of the BEF.
BE a Reader
Cops in Schools Reading Program
brought to you by
Fairfax Coalition of Police
Sponsored by the Book 'Em Foundation
left is Officer Carolyn Beyer of the Fairfax County Police
Department reading to 2nd
graders at Graham Road Elementary School.
Josh David of the Fairfax Police Department is shown reading to a
1st grade class at
Graham Rd Elementary
Lt. Scott Hunt of the Lebanon, New Hampshire Police Department is
reading to a local elementary school class. Lt. Hunt is a huge
supporter of the Book 'Em cause of promoting literacy as a way to
help reduce crime.
At left, Officer Mark Kearney
reads Rescue by Alison Hart to a group of eight mentally
challenged adults at The Arc of Augusta in Waynesboro, Virginia.
We owe a debt of gratitude to
the wonderful folks at Townsend Press, headed by John Langan,
who are continually donating Bluford and other books from the
Townsend Press Library for Book 'Em
These books have been distributed
to children in Virginia and North Carolina and are being
used to help establish a love for reading. They are currently
being distributed to every 8th grade student at Kate Collins Middle
School. Officer Kearney visits each 8th grade English class
approximately every 3 weeks. Officer Kearney has a similar
program in place with the 9th graders at Waynesboro High School. The
plan is to add on a new grade level every school year.
Within several short years, the
Waynesboro Police Department working with the Book 'Em Foundation
will have literacy programs in every grade level from Pre-K to 12th
Check back as we put this literacy
campaign into motion. We'll be posting success stories and information
The great folks at Townsend Press
(above) donated the following books:
A Matter of Trust
Secrets in the Shadows
Someone to Love Me
Until We Meet Again
Blood is Thicker
Brothers in Arms
Summer of Secrets
Search for Safety
Surviving Abuse: Four True Stories
The BEF has partnered with
the Waynesboro Police Department in Waynesboro, Virginia to provide
police officers and authors to the Public School System to read
to students and assist in increasing their literacy skills.
On Friday October 7th,
Sunday October 16 and during Book Em on Saturday
night, October 22nd, Officer Mark showed an Academy
Award Nominated Documentary called Colors Straight Up in
the Waynesboro High School Auditorium.
The movie is about a highly successful
after-school program that keeps inner city kids off the streets
by engaging them in music, acting and dancing.
Waynesboro Police Chief reads
to 5th graders at Berkeley Glenn Elementary School in the picture
at left. Chief Davis has been in the forefront with Waynesboro
Police Officer and BEF co-founder Mark Kearney in providing officers
to read to students.
Chief Davis will also be tutoring
a high school student to help her increase her skills in Geography
enough to pass the SOL.
To date, approximately 15 police
officers have taken time during the school day to read to more
than 400 classes and counting.
At right is Officer Andrea Leavell,
a jailor with the Waynesboro Police Department. She is reading
to a class of 1st graders at Berkeley Glenn Elementary School.
In addition to Berkeley Glenn,
police officers have read to students at Westwood Hills Elementary
School, William Perry Elementary School and Wenonah Elementary School.
2nd grade teacher Bobbi Shomo
(Westwood Hills Elementary School) said, "I really appreciated
[Waynesboro Police Officers] coming to our classroom yesterday.
Next fall we'll work out a reading plan on a regular basis! My
kids were a little antsy....'end of the year'...but they were
so excited and loved having your attention to ask you so many
questions! They're great kids and you were great with them!"
At left, Brenda Arkward, a Parking
Officer with Waynesboro Police Department, reads to Pre-K students.
Cathi Hart, Pre-K Teacher at
Westwood Hills Elementary School said, "This program has
been a tremendous asset to our Pre-K program here at Westwood.
The children love to have the police officers read to them and
they feel a very strong connection to each officer who has visited
us. I really appreciate what you are doing to promote literacy
in our schools!"
For the 2005-2006 school year,
the program will be expanded to include William Perry Elementary
School. More readings will also be scheduled at each school.
|This summer, BEF
Board of Directors Mark Kearney and Laura Maine begin a pilot
project in Waynesboro, Virginia, assisting students in increasing
their literacy skills. Check back for more information on this