As fall arrives and settles in we know everyone has their favorite fall combinations – pumpkin spice and coffee, apple cider and a pastry, chilled mornings and cozy sweaters. We like all those things at PAL, too, of course. But our favorite combination of the season? The start of another school year and literacy events, of course!
We’ve broken out the books and gotten officers reading because it’s that time of year again. This month took us to Endeavor Elementary School, our first stop on a list of about 30 schools in SW Washington that we plan to visit over the coming year.
Unfortunately, like the rest of school, our literacy events also look different in light of Covid19. We’ve taken steps to keep our communities safe, while also still delivering the same smiles and experiences that we have in the past. Our specialty police vehicle tours and officer readings have gone virtual. The videos are sent out to teachers to share with their students prior to our arrival with books to go around for everyone. Endeavor got a safety talk from Officer Chavers, toured a patrol car with Officer Schaffer, saw the bike unit with Officer Wass, and read Dragons Love Tacos with Deputy Lau.
Finally, the students were ready to become junior officers themselves so we headed out with officers in tow to hand out books in a drive through style at the school. Students had ten book titles to choose from and four officers to chat with. PAL was able to deliver around 150 books to Endeavor. Next up in Vancouver’s roster for literacy with PAL is King Elementary – see you then!