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Tallahassee Police Share Milk & Cookies with Area Youth to Promote Literacy

Tallahassee Police and Tallahassee Youth Gather with Children's Author to Promote Literacy
Posted at 5:14 PM, Jul 24, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- The Tallahassee Police Athletic League was out at a community center Friday, hoping to promote literacy among the city's kids.

And they did it by channeling the popular children's book character named "Cornbread."

Friday, officers brought "Cornbread", the mascot, to the Walker Ford gymnasium and had cookies and milk with the children as they read books.

And each child who attended got to head home with a book from the "Cornbread" series.

Tallahassee Police say it's important to have officers interact with the city's kids through events like these.

"We can show the youth in the community that there is a softer side of law enforcement", said TPD Sargeant Anitra Highland, "We're human, we're just like they are. And we don't want them to fear us. We want them to understand that we are here to help them in their time of need."

Vincent Taylor, the author of the "Cornbread" series, had fun with the children, teaching them about reading skills while mixing the lessons with Hip Hop music.