If you are a Columbus police officer and want to do a reading at a school, or if you are a teacher and would like to talk to us about having officers come to your school, please email us:
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Want to support our Books & Badges program? Thank you! We purchase books at a great discount through Scholastic. There are approximately 6,000 books to choose from, and they're all under $3.00 per student. Your donation will go directly to support this effort (just note on your donation that it's for Books & Badges). Starfish Assignment is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3), EIN 83-2584231, and your donations are tax-deductible.
Books & Badges
Books & Badges enables police officers to read to elementary school students, and Starfish Assignment then gives every child in the class a copy of the book the officer reads. Each book has a bookplate in it that says it’s a gift from their friends at the Columbus Division of Police.
These fun events encourage literacy and allow the officers to bond with the kids in their patrol area. The students have an opportunity to ask the officers questions about their jobs and lives. Please see our blog to read more details about individual Books & Badges events. Popular questions include, "Do you really eat donuts and drink coffee?" But our personal favorite was, "Are there zombies in Cleveland?"