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OPD Will Collect Books for First “Badges for Books” Event March 16

Oxford Police Department

The Oxford Police Department is extending its outreach efforts to help boost literacy in Oxford. On March 16, 2019 OPD will host its first Badges for Books event. Officers will be at both Kroger and Larson’s
Cash Saver
from 10 am to 1 pm accepting donations of new and gently used books. They will be collecting books appropriate for reading levels of Kindergarten through Third Grade.

Early childhood literacy is fundamental to whole person development. Literacy rates affect everything, including your local economy and even national healthcare. It is our hope that by collecting these books we can increase children’s access to reading materials.

We will be partnering with local childcare facilities to furnish the donated books to children. “Our goal is to put a few more books into the hands of kids who need them. These books will be given to children to take home so they can have books to read when they are not in class. Research has shown the more books children have access to, the more likely they are to increase their literacy rate. We just want to do our part to help.”

For more information call the Oxford Police Department at (662) 232-2400 or follow the department on Twitter @OxfordPolice and Facebook.

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