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Lawton Police Give Books to Preschoolers

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LAWTON Okla_ Lawton police officers gave some lucky preschool kids quite a treat Wednesday during the annual "Books and Badges" event.

All this month, officers have gone to classrooms twice a week to read stories to the four-year-olds. Wednesday, officers handed out books that the kids could take home and keep.

"They were truly excited," Beginnings Academy Principal Rhonda Weber said. "You could see just a sparkle in their eye when they got to look. They even got to select their book.

Principal Weber said not only does the project help kids learn how to read, it also helps the children identify police officers-- someone they can trust.

"You can't start early childhood literacy too soon," Lawton Police Sergeant Tonya Crigger said. "To have the opportunity to give them a book that they can take home and keep and remember that it was us that gave it to them makes a positive impression for them."

The project was funded by grants from Public Service of Oklahoma and was coordinated by success by six and the united way.

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