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Police Activities League of Southwest Washington expands literacy program

The Columbian
Published: May 4, 2024, 5:35am

VANCOUVER — Police Activities League of Southwest Washington announced expansion of its literacy program in Clark County with generous support from North Star Restaurants Inc. and Wellpoint Washington.

Police Activities League of Southwest Washington started the literacy program 20 years ago in Clark County and the program has only continued to grow since.

Three to four times a month, law enforcement officers from eight partner agencies visit a selected school and read with students. During the event, officers show off their police vehicles, let the kids meet their police dogs, demonstrate use of other special tools, and talk to them about the importance of being safe in their community. Each student also receives a new book to take home.

In 2023, the Police Activities League held 28 literacy events and distributed 2,500 books to youth.

All Police Activities League programs are funded through donations, not local government funding. “The contributions from local champions like North Star Restaurants Inc., and Wellpoint, allow the Police Activities League to achieve our mission of promoting positive relationships between youth and law enforcement,” PAL Executive Director Jesse Jimenez said. “With their support, we are excited to continue to expand this program to serve more schools in Clark County.”