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. http://www.literacyforalifetime.com
    • 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 staff@quota.org. We’ll add your story and photographs to this Web site. To contact via phone, call (202) 331-9694.



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