By Andy Furman
One of Covington’s police officers excitedly told the sergeant. Rachel White the other day.
“This book really works,” were the words of an officer to a sergeant. White.
This “book thing” is actually a bookworm, an annual program established by the Covington Police Department and the brainchild of Sergeant John Johnson. Rachel White.
“We started the program in the spring of 2002,” White said. Northern Kentucky Tribune“to bridge the chasm between the community and the police station”.
White said he always carried candy and toys for the children on patrol.
“Then I moved on to coloring and stickers, and now I read books.
“One day while I was handing out coloring books, a young girl in City Heights asked me if I actually had a story-telling book. I always made sure I had some on hand.”
And from that point on, bookworms turned into three major events a year for the department.
“We have late spring programs, back-to-school events, and Halloween programs,” White said. “In fact, combined with the other programs we’re in, maybe she’s in six or she’s in seven programs a year,” she added.
The back-to-school event will be held on Thursday (August 3) from 6-8pm at 2114 Howell Street, Pieselberg Park.
“There are books on the table. Children can take as much as they want,” White said. “He will also provide 50 free backpacks with school supplies on a first-come, first-served basis.”
According to White, the age group that attends these events ranges from toddlers to adolescents, from elementary school to middle school.
And of her parents, she says: they love it In fact, they had no idea the police had done this. ”
Several factors contributed to Mr. White’s decision to work with Bookworms.
“Many families cannot afford books, but Bookworms meets that need,” she said. “This will also help our educational future as Covington has a lower literacy rate compared to other areas. That’s it.”
Bookworms also give children a great start to life, she recalls. We serve our community. We are in touch with our communities and can make a difference through our actions. ”
According to White, where the bookworm really worked was when the police officer gave the toddler a book at a recent event, it immediately stopped crying.
“The young man remembered the police from a previous incident,” White said.
Yes, this book really works.