Cops ‘n’ Kids Literacy Program

How Quota Supports Cops ‘n’ Kids

Quota clubs have found unique ways to support Cops ‘n’ Kids, including:

  • developing the program from scratch!
  • holding fund-raisers to support the program and construction of facilities
  • volunteering at reading rooms to read aloud to children and help them pick out books
  • organizing and implementing book drives and seeking other donation sources
  • sorting and distributing books
  • supporting police stations with events for neighborhood children


Past Quota club successes have included…


  • Quota International of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    • Distributed over 460,000 books to children in their community.
    • Engaged others (Girl Scouts, local youth) in ways they can serve: donations, storage, collection, and distribution.
    • Developed a Web site to share news on the program. To visit the site, click here.


  • Quota International of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A.
    • Donated over 32,000 books through their “Get Booked” program for distribution by the police department.
    • Partnered with Alliant Energy, whose grant program provided funds for books, and Barnes & Noble, who supported reading events and program publicity as well as contributing funds and books.
    • Worked with the police department in planning reading corners for impoverished areas of Cedar Rapids.
    • For more information, please visit the Cedar Rapids club Web site and check out their Cops ‘n’ Kids brochure.


  • Quota International of Eureka, California, U.S.A.
    • Started a Cops ‘n’ Kids program in a new community where they hope to start a new Quota club. A Quotarian and her son, who works for the police department, worked together on the initiative.
    • Worked with the police department’s existing program, “Cops on Campus,” in which officers are already assigned to four public grade schools.
    • Purchased books from a book company that gives matching grants to schools and organizations.
    • Donated handmade tote bags containing a variety of children’s books for each of the department’s police cars.


  • Quota International of Flint, Michigan, U.S.A.
    • Worked with local police departments for press, fund-raising, and distribution.


  • Quota International of Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia
    • Developed a classroom program, working with no more than 5 children in a group at a time, where volunteers not only read to children, but encourage children to read back as well.
    • Gave each child their very own book to take home and a second copy of the book to present to the school teacher or librarian.
    • Received a $1000 contribution from the Mayor’s and Councillor’s Community Benefit Fund for the QuoCKa program.



  • Quota International of Orrville, Ohio, U.S.A.
    • Held a book drive in conjunction with an annual holiday food drive.
    • Distributed books in conjunction with a police department fingerprinting event.
    • Organized a bike safety assembly and distributed bike helmets and safety books.
    • Distributed activity books along the community Independence Day parade route.
    • Received the 2010 “Worthy Works Award” from the Wayne County Community Foundation.


  • Quota International of Kenosha-Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
    • Held hearing and vision screening at Cops ‘n’ Kids site.
    • Partnered with local school in book give-away.



  • Quota International of Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
    • Conducted a book drive (which included the opportunity for cash donations).
    • Had fun arranging distribution center and helping kids pick out their free books.


  • Quota International of Salisbury, MD, U.S.A.
    • Created Quota’s Quiet Corners, child friendly and safe areas throughout the community where children can come to read. The club provides the bookshelves, bean bag chairs, a rug, and, of course, books.
    • Sent books to the local Women’s Correctional Center to be used by the incarcerated women to read to their children when they come for visits.


  • Quota International of Waterloo, Iowa, U.S.A.
    • Distributed over 24,000 books to area children in cooperation with the Waterloo Police Department.
    • Purchased books just published direct from the author (a former police officer!) at a discount along with their accompanying CD and DVD and distributed them to schools of at-risk children.



  • Quota International of Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.
    • Held a Beef & Beer and Chinese Auction fund-raiser for the program.
    • Worked with Police Athletic League (PAL) to create a reading room in their center, staffed by Quotarians and furnished with donated Ethan Allen furniture.


  • Quota International of Wynnum-Manly, Queensland, Australia
    • Held a Fairtytale Ball for students at the end of the school year to celebrate their reading accomplishments. Of course, Quota members dressed up!


Is your club sponsoring a Cops ‘n’ Kids literacy program in your Quota community? If so, send your story (and photographs) to us at We’ll add your story and photographs to this Web site. To contact via phone, call (202) 331-9694.

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