5th Annual Book 'Em
Saturday, October 18th, 2008
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Dozens of authors
Kate Collins Middle School
1625 Ivy Street
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Waynesboro Police Department
The City of Waynesboro, VA
Central Shenandoah Crime Stoppers;
FRIENDS OF THE
Staunton, Augusta County,
Shenandoah Valley Reading Council
Proceeds 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."
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. and the 9th and 10th graders at Waynesboro High
School. The plan is to add on a new grade level every school year
with more books being handed out.
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) have 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
It Couldn’t Happen to Me: 3 True
Stories of Teen Moms
Facing Addiction: Three True Stories
Letters My Mother Never Read
Great Stories of Suspense and Adventure
Ten Real Life Stories
War of the Worlds
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Tarzan of the Apes
Making the Most of Your Life
The Story of Blima
Ragged Dick or Street Life in New York
The Prince and the Pauper
The Mark of Zorro
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!"