|County Librarain- Laurel Prysiazny|
Did you know 60% of America’s inmates are illiterate and 85% of all juvenile offenders have reading difficulties? In Fresno County, incarcerated youth and those in continuation schools are typically four to five grade levels behind. It’s time to reverse the trend, and I need your help in a new crime fighting initiative.
I WANT TO DEPUTIZE CHILDREN TO READ!
Members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office are in a unique position to combat illiteracy in our communities. We are partnering with the Fresno County Public Library, Fresno County Office of Education and Central Unified School District in this unique crime prevention effort to get books into the hands of children throughout Fresno County.
Here’s how the program will work: Deputy Sheriffs will carry donated children’s books in their patrol cars. As they come into contact with children in our communities they will give the books to children free of charge. I want to get books into the hands of children, especially those who live in underserved rural communities. That’s where you come in. You can be part of this crime fighting initiative by getting children to join the:
SHERIFF’S READING POSSE!
|County Librarain- Laurel Prysiazny @ Madison Elementary School for the Reading Posse Press Release.|
|Sheriff Margaret Mims @ the Press Release |
I invite you to become involved by making cash donations or donating new children’s books for the Sheriff’s to distribute. Suggested reading material is for K-4th grades and examples can be found here. Books can be delivered to any Fresno County Library or at the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, 2200 Fresno St., between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Cash or book donations can be made to:
Friends of the Fresno County Public Library
P.O. Box 4523
Fresno, CA 93744-4523
Subject: Sheriff’s Reading Posse
Thank you for supporting us the the future of our youth!!