Deputy Visit in the Books at Falcon Elementary School of Technology
Students in Amy McCarty’s third grade class at Falcon Elementary School of Technology hosted a special visitor Sept. 13. El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Lisa Webster dropped in at school to read to the class as part of the sheriff’s office’s Badges and Books program.
Badges and Books began in collaboration with local schools as a reading education and community interaction program. It brings uniformed law enforcement officers to classrooms to build trusting relationships.
“It was fun, and I really liked the book!” shared Dyllon LaForest Archbold, 8, third grader. The title Deputy Webster read to the students was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst.
This was Deputy Webster’s first time reading in a classroom as part of the special program. “It’s important we reach out in a positive way,” said Webster. “Kids can see different aspects of law enforcement this way.”
Students in the class enjoyed more than simply a good book together. “My favorite part of her visit was that she listened to us,” stated Alexis Silkwood, 8, third grader. “And I liked her badge!”
Students were invited to ask Deputy Webster questions about her job once the book was finished.
Officers visit FESoT on a regular basis, helping to create familiarity between students and law enforcement.