For Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC, the act of giving back is year round. The Pay It Forward partners teamed up for the second time in 2019 to do some good in the community. They came across Kelly Rogan who is a reading specialist at Arcola Elementary School in Aldie, Virginia. Rogan created the Law and Literacy Program at Arcola Elementary where Loudoun County deputy sheriffs come out to read and do other literacy activities with the students. She was inspired to create this program after seeing the deputy sheriffs that were shot in Dallas back in 2017. It touched her because she sees how police in general put their lives on the line for the safety of civilians. Her Law and Literacy program idea sparked conversation and led to change because the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was very receptive and willing to be a part of the program when she reached out. The Law and Literacy program is for students in Kindergarten to second grade at Arcola Elementary School. It’s great for children to have a relationship with law enforcement to bridge the gap within the community.
It was such a smart idea for Rogan to come up with this concept. The children are able to be comfortable around the deputies and understand that they are only there to help them. Doing small activities like this with young children go a long way especially in the real world. This group of children won’t grow up fearing the police in their community because they already have a relationship with them. Easterns and Fox 5 DC decided to gift Rogan with a $1,000 Amazon gift card to purchase more books for the students as well as bean bag chairs. The kids will definitely feel cozy during reading time now!
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