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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

Law Enforcement Officers Partner to Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida!

~ Public safety employees throughout the state to highlight the importance of reading in all walks of life ~

TALLAHASSEE – In recognition of Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! representatives from 40 local sheriff and police departments, the Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Police Chiefs Association, and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco will visit more than 300 classrooms in nearly 30 school districts to read a grade-appropriate book that describes a day in the life of a law enforcement officer.

“I appreciate Florida’s dedicated law enforcement officers for going above and beyond to help encourage our children to make reading a part of their daily life,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “As they visit these schools and sit down with students, they provide a perfect example of the link between literacy and a successful and rewarding career.”

Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! is a weeklong celebration from Jan. 25-29, created to raise awareness of the programs and projects offered by the Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! office and its partner agencies and organizations. In addition to reading to students throughout the state, law enforcement officers will also share personal stories of how reading has helped them in their profession.

“Protecting our children is part of the job for Florida law enforcement and we are pleased to play this positive role,” said Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey. “This initiative is an opportunity to encourage reading, teach personal safety, and possibly inspire students to enter the public safety profession.”

The Department of Education actively works with community groups and volunteer organizations throughout the state to make reading a priority in students’ lives. For more information about the Department of Education’s Just Read, Florida! Office, please visit http://www.justreadflorida.com/