Earlier this week the Quota, Cops and Kids (QuoCKa) reading program was launched on the Sunshine Coast at the Caloundra Primary School.
Senior Constable Clancy was joined by State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle MP, Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace MP, volunteers from Quota International of Caloundra, the school’s Adopt-a-Cop, OIC of Caloundra Station and a Road Policing motorcycle officer to help celebrate.
QuoCKa is a partnership reading program geared to help raise literacy rates of children through the enjoyment of reading and sharing stories.
The program aims to increase literacy levels of the children, build a sense of community and to foster good relationships with kids and community members.
Each child is given their own book in which their name is placed on the sticker inside the front cover. They have someone to read it to them and sign it for them. At the launch, the first five students received their book from Senior Constable Clancy.
The program involves many people from the local community, not only school children and the Adopt-a-Cop but also Quotarians, local Politicians, local sporting heroes, celebrities and high school students who volunteer their time to read and sign the books for the school children.
The program serves as a great example of Queensland Police and the community working together.
Each Friday morning this year, the children in Year 2 will sit down with QuoCKa readers and at the end of the program each student gets to take their book home to keep. A duplicate book is donated to the school library in the name of that student.
The interaction between the children and the police helps to foster better relationships which police hope can be carried with them later into their lives.
It is hoped that the program will be accepted by other schools on the Sunshine Coast too.
For more information on the program, please contact Quota International of Caloundra.