MADERA – In honor of the nationally-recognized Week of the Young Child, Madera County Sheriff John Anderson spent Thursday morning at Alpha II Preschool on Stadium Road in Madera reading to students.
Participating in what was touted by First 5 as “Preschool Teacher for a Day,” Sheriff Anderson read Eric Carle’s famous children’s book titled, “The Very Busy Spider.”First 5 California funds programs that educate parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers about the critical role they play during a child’s first five years.
This is the second year Sheriff Anderson has been invited to spend nearly an hour with these children.
He not only reads to them, but also answers questions and gives each child a book to call their own. Then, with their new books clutched tightly and smiles all around, they all strike a pose for the camera.
Sheriff Anderson says he looks forward to these annual events for two reasons.
Apart from stressing the fundamentals of reading, and making the experience fun and exciting, he also believes this kind of environment lends itself to establishing a friendly and positive relationship between kids and cops.
“Too often I’ve overheard mothers tell their children as I walk by, ‘Mind yourself or that man with a gun is going to put you in jail.’
“Uniforms shouldn’t convey fear,” he says. “We’re here to perform a job and ultimately we’re performing it for those very children I had the chance to meet and read to this morning.”