SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- Officers with the Salt Lake Police Department are hoping to inspire a passion for reading amongst young children.
Monday morning several officers visited two different Salt Lake elementary schools to drop off donated books and read to the children. The event was held at Backman and Meadowlark Elementary.
Along with the books, Chief Mike Brown said he hopes the students leave with a desire, love, and passion for reading.
“It’s very important [for young children] to develop a passion and love for reading,” he said. “Hopefully they will become better students, be more engaged, and hopefully they will stay in school and graduate.”
Over the last two months the officers collected over 1,200 books during their annual book drive. Each student was given two books to take home.
If you would like to be involved next year, the police department, city council office, Salt Lake City Public Library, and Mayor Biskupski’s office collect the books in November. The event is held in partnership with Fight Crime: Invest in kids.