PRESTONSBURG- The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office is always doing things to connect to the citizens of Floyd County in the schools and local communities. So often, law enforcement officers are viewed as the bad guys. Sheriff John Hunt and his deputies have been visiting local schools to read stories to various classrooms and to tell the students how important reading skills are for their future.
According to the National Council of Teachers of English, Every school day in the United States for the past decade, more than 3000 students drop out of high school. Most are unable to keep pace with the rigors of the curriculum. They simply do not have the literary skills to make sense of the textbooks. In years past, literacy was limited to the ability to read and understand a simple document and write one’s name on a contract. Literacy demands in today’s workplace have accelerated. High school graduates are required to interpret a wide range of reference materials: journal articles, memoranda, and other documents that may contain technical information, including intricate charts and graphs. In addition they are also expected to judge the credibility of sources, evaluate arguments develop and defend their own conclusions and convey complex information.
Reading skills and love for reading begins at an early age. Students begin in kindergarten to recognize letters and letter sounds. The love of reading beings at this stage also. Students listen to their parents and teachers read stories and are transported to places only their imagination can take them. Riding on dragons, talking dogs, fairies, flying monkeys and wicked witches are all told about in story books.
Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt and deputies visited local area elementary schools: Osborne, McDowell, May Valley, Allen, Betsy Layne and Prestonsburg to read stories to students.
“It is fun hearing the Sheriff read stories in our classroom. I want to be a sheriff someday,” said Joston Saddler, a student at Stumbo Elementary.
In addition to reading for primary students, the Floyd County Sheriff’s office also promotes positive behavior programs, drug awareness programs and recently participated in a career day at May Valley Elementary. More information about the Floyd County Sheriff’s office and the Floyd County Schools is available on their Facebook pages.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter with The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.