Salt Lake City Police Department sponsors book drive for kindergarten, first-graders

FILE - Salt Lake City Police officers delivery more than 1,200 books to two Salt Lake City elementary schools. (FILE Photo: Mike Stephen / KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY — By investing in kids and encouraging early reading, the Salt Lake City Police Department hopes to change outcomes for at-risk children.

SLCPD and Fight Crime: Invest in Kids are sponsoring a children’s book drive for the third consecutive year.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown said in a prepared statement:

Education and reading is paramount in developing a successful law-abiding citizen. About 40 percent of prisoners lack a high school education. Never has reading been so important and critical than now. It is imperative that young children develop a love and passion for reading. Books are a ticket for success.

The drive is possible with a partnership with the Salt Lake City Council, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, Salt Lake School District and the Salt Lake City Public Library.

The collected books are earmarked for kindergarten and first grade students at Mary Jackson Elementary and the Pacific Heritage Academy.

The book drive runs from Saturday through December 10. Those interested in donating new or gently used books for children ages 5-8, may drop them off at the following locations:

Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S. State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Salt Lake Public Safety Building, 475 S. 300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

In the past two years, the police department has donated more than 4,000 books to young children throughout Salt Lake City.

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