Cops’ N Kids 19th Annual Book Competition | Local News I Racine County Eye

Cops’ N Kids Reading Center, 800 Villa St., is on a mission to put a book in every child’s hand this holiday season. They are holding their 19th annual book show at Festival Hall, 5 5th St, on December 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Give a child in your life the gift of reading by attending this community event. All ages are welcome.

This Racine non-profit organization aims to improve the reading skills of school-aged children. Cops’ N Kids introduces them to a world of fun, creativity and adventure by learning to read.

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At Cops’ N Kids, retired teachers from the Racine Unified School District are among the various volunteers who help students. Volunteers from various community organizations, including the Racine Art Guild, help support their mission. While there are no tutoring services available during the holiday event, this is a great time to speak with Cops’ N Kids volunteers about volunteer services and opportunities.

This holiday event will help bring the community together by providing free books for children. Cops’ N Kids is working on going green this holiday season. Please bring your own recyclable bags, backpacks or tote bags for carrying books. Some plastic bags will be available thanks to donations made by the local Racine company Image Management, as well as Uline, headquartered in Pleasant Prairie.

The 19th annual book competition will also offer the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus. He will be there to visit the children and spread the holiday cheer.

“It’s fun to see everyone and our kids at the event,” says Cynthy McCrory, Guardian Coordinator at Cops’ N Kids.

In addition to Santa, there will be a few other notable appearances. Attendees can expect to see the Racine Police Department K9s and their human partners, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office, and many other law enforcement officers from surrounding Southeastern Wisconsin. This includes agencies including the FBI and the Racine and South Shore Fire Departments. If the children wish, they can have their books signed by these local heroes.

McCrory shares that agents often make appearances during tutoring sessions or class time at Cops’ N Kids, and how students enjoy asking questions and listening to people read.

In addition, gift wrapping will be available for participants. The Racine Junior League will be wrapping gifts and joining in the holiday fun.

Sponsors for this event include Image Management and Michael’s Signs Inc. Cops’ N Kids volunteers and donors also make this event possible, as well as the services provided at the Reading Center.

How can I help you?

Currently, Cops’ N Kids is in need of volunteers, especially those who are bilingual. These volunteers can work as teacher assistants or tutors. Anyone interested in becoming a tutor can contact Cops’ N Kids at 262-632-1606 or contact the Tutor’s Coordinator: Cynthy McCrory at 262-497-4751 or by email at cynthymc@gmail.com.

Those interested in tutoring must be at least 18 years old, complete an application, and undergo a background check. Once the request is approved, a child will be matched with the guardian and a schedule will be developed. The couple will meet once a week and follow the Racine Unified School District vacation schedule. Tutoring is not planned in summer.

Donations are accepted at Cops’ N Kids Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between noon and 2 pm at 800 Villa St, Racine, WI 53403. New / used books and school supplies are kindly accepted. Books should have a reading level between 3 and 12 years old.

Likewise, there are other opportunities for volunteering and giving. This includes a donation to the Cops’ N Kids Reading Center through AmazonSmile.com.

Visit their website to know more about volunteering and make a donation.

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