Cops N Kids
By Jocelyn Donaldson
Every year, both Harry S. Truman and Western Salisbury Elementary schools hold an event called Cops N Kids. Its priority is to collect donated books for kids who don’t normally have access to them. Cops then hand out the books to teach the importance of reading to kids who haven’t experienced this before. Both the Salisbury High School Literary Club and Key Club participate in the event. After the assembly, both the cops and high school students read to each classroom of children. The WSE assembly was held on February 24th and the collection will end March 24th. For HST, the assembly was on February 27th and the collection will end on the 20th of March. Last year, the goal was one thousand books and that goal was easily reached at both schools.
Kristy Wied has been working along with Mrs. Burns and Ms. H to put together this wonderfully impactful book drive. This year, both schools have raised their already impressive goals higher than last year. “WSE has a goal of 1300 books and HST has a goal of 1400 books.” Since the date the assemblies were held in the schools to March 1st, the schools have collected “about 50 books at WSE and about — at HST.” Now before judging HST for their low, almost nonexistent number of collected books, remember that they started their collection three days later than WSE. “The books are coming in each day so the numbers are always changing.” However, both schools need to get to step up their game and work on reaching their goal because apparently there is a little more incentive than bragging rights. “If schools reach their goals I have a staff member at each school willing to do something crazy. Who and what they plan on doing sadly remains a mystery.”
One student to participate in the event was Literary Club member Skylar Slough. Skylar was at both HST and WSE. When asked whether she enjoyed her time participating in the assembly and reading to the kids, Skylar had the perfect response.“I loved reading to the kids. They looked up to you and in that moment you were doing something good and that they were gonna remember your impact for a long time.” Reading went especially well. “While reading a book with sound effects they were professionals at creating their own interpretation of the noise.” According to Skylar the nostalgia hit her hard. “At the assembly, the children were so interested in our personal stories and you saw how bad that they wanted to grow up and how bad we wanted to go back.” In fact, when asked what her favorite thing about the event was, she replied “I loved going back to the school and being able to see the teachers and the students. I saw how much the students wanted to learn and how bad they were looking for new information.” I’m sure both the students at the elementary school and those from the high school both had fun and had an experience they won’t be likely to forget anytime soon.
The president of the SHS Literary club, Alex Diamond, also attended both events. When asked what his favorite part of the event was, he replied that is was “seeing my former teachers at Western and the teachers I never got to have at Truman. I also liked meeting the future generation of students and seeing how the way they learn is different from how we did back when we went to elementary school.” Reading to the kids went well. Alex along with Jaxon Costello, another high school student read The Teacher from the Black Lagoon to Mrs. DeBona’s 5th grade class. In Mrs. Koalesky’s Kindergarten class, Alex read “Fox in Socks because it was Dr.Seuss week.” The biggest difference between the two was that “The 5th graders tended to ask more concrete questions about the middle and high school experience (such as extracurriculars, course work) while the Kindergarteners mostly only asked about what various grade levels were like.” Once again, there was much nostalgia, especially when Alex was able to request reading to DeBona’s class. “I requested DeBona’s 5th Grade because she was my favorite teacher at Western.” What makes Alex’s visit all the more special is that he was able to surprise his neighbor by being his reader in Mrs. Koalesky’s Kindergarten class.
Being an avid fan of reading myself, the thought of not having the opportunity to read books is truly horrifying. The idea of being able to give kids who previously didn’t have the opportunity to read a chance to is the reason I find this drive so important to our schools. The presence of the police added into the mix makes the event that much more interesting and attention grabbing to the kids. Not only were the elementary school students able to enjoy the event and have fun, but the high school students who had the opportunity to be a part of the event also enjoyed themselves. Just being present in the school was enough to being on the nostalgia. Considering how well the event seems to have gone, I hope that the students are able to be just as impressive in collecting books for the drive. If everyone could help the schools meet their desired goals, not only would the outcome be a hilarious moment to see a staff member do something crazy, but it would also be helping such an amazing cause.