Public safety officers read to students at Kermit King Elementary
Police officers, dispatchers, and community service officers read to students
–Officers from the Paso Robles Police Department spent time on March 9 reading to students at Kermit King Elementary School. The officers accepted kindergarten teacher Emma Marziello’s invitation to spend time with her students. Marziello said “I want the students to learn how police officers help out the community and fight crime. I want them to know that police officers are good, that they shouldn’t be afraid of them, and should be respected. Thursday was Dr. Seuss’ birthday and our school is celebrating his birthday with a day of reading. It is called D.E.A.R Day. Drop Everything And Read.”
Paso Robles police officers, dispatchers, and community service officers spent time in various classrooms reading to students while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate. Sergeant David Opheim said, “This was a worthwhile investment in our community. Watching the officers read and interact with the kindergartners was fantastic. The kids had many questions about the police and what we do. However, now we have to figure out how to get the Fire Department involved The kids had many questions about the city’s firefighters too!”
The event underscored the department’s commitment to its Police and Community Together (PACT) program and philosophy. The program was created to promote community, government and police partnerships, implemt the working relationship with the community that will, in turn, result in improved police service.