Elementary school students benefit from reading program

March 30, 2018 by  

Chris Scanga, a police officer from St. Ann, is using reading to encourage kids to expand their imagination.

Scanga is resource officer and in charge of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program at the Drummond Elementary School in St. Ann. His reading program is a way to establish a relationship with the police.

Call Scanga’s Reading Patrol, the program starts with reading one book during the first week and then continues for seven more weeks where kids read one book a week. Scanga, who struggled himself with reading when he was younger, feels that this program will help kids in many ways. It can help them with their reading, inspire their imaginations, and assist them when they get older.

Scanga is finding that he is becoming a mentor to students through the program, which was also one of his goals. It has been his way of giving back to the community.

Scanga has funded the program himself and from donations from the community. The program is accepting monetary contributions and also donations of books, which can be sent directly to the school.

Banner printing companies can be hired to create items displayed throughout the school and in the neighboring community. These can promote programs and the benefits they provide, as well as the various fundraising efforts behind them.