Two CMPD officers collecting books to help improve kid's reading skills

- Officer Daniel Redford and Officer Alex Cruz have their hands full collecting books for kids in the Steel Creek area for their "Read with Police" program.

“These kids were coming to us and would actually spend about 15-20 minutes a piece reading with us," Officer Redford said.

"We kind of noticed that some of their English wasn't up to par, some of their grammar wasn't up to par. So we just talked about maybe start a slow reading program and help some of the kids,” Officer Cruz said.

Most of the kids brought books that were either too easy or too difficult or didn't have books at all.

"One child that came in with a book that was pretty simple and he was a pretty good reader so we set that aside and actually made him go through our safety guide because it had a lot more word there," Officer Redford said.

These officers took action and got a box, had it wrapped, so the community could come in and donate books for these kids for the next school year. They got incredible results; over 500 books have been donated.

For Officer Cruz this is his way of giving back after one teacher helped his daughter get back on track on her reading skills.

"I kind of always held that to my heart that she actually did that for me and my daughter," Officer Cruz Said.

Parents are seeing results too. Iris Perez tells FOX 46 Charlotte, her son angel is now reading at a fourth grade level and only in the third grade.

"It helped him read more in school, His teacher told him he was improving and asked who was helping him. He told her he was in program that was held here at the apartment complex and that the officer where helping him,” Perez said.

Officer Cruz and Redford hope to expand the drop box idea into a mobile library but for now they are keeping book in their patrol cars until they can find a solution to transport all the books. 

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