On Thursday, March 22, Gowanda Elementary School students celebrated PARP as “Police as Reading Partners.”
SRO Alessi and the Gowanda PTA created the twist on the acronym PARP and it has been something the students look forward to every year as part of promoting the importance of reading. The students were able to meet and listen to police officers from different agencies as the officers visited classrooms and read a book. The books included stories about police officers and their jobs, how to be a good friend, the importance of telling the truth and other character traits important to a successful life. Each officer then answered questions from the children.
The law enforcement agencies and officers who volunteered were as follows: Gowanda Police Department, K9 Officer Hock, Erie County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Achtyl, New York State Police, Trooper Connor and Trooper Morrow, Seneca Nation Marshal Officer Wilcox, and North Collins Police Officer Tremblay.