CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) - Every April, Cedar Falls officers visit schools to read to kindergartners and promote reading with a book giveaway.
The public safety department continues their tradition by reading on their Facebook page. Public Safety Lt. Kari Rey hopes this helps out the kids at home and inspires other departments to do the same.
"It gives the kids a little bit different opportunities, and gives them somebody new reading to them, and a different book they haven't read before," Lt. Rey said.
Normally, officers go to area schools to read a book and answer questions from students. This comes after the department receives a grant through Target, the officers then hand out books to students.
This year, the department did get their grant this year, but did not receive books due to the coronavirus outbreak. Lt. Rea hopes after the pandemic passes officers will be able to hand out books to students.
Lt. Kari Rea volunteered to read the book, "Officer Buckle and Gloria" by Peggy Rathman.
The Kindergarten Reading Program has been going on for more than 15 years.