By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
It is not every day that a reading session can hold the attention of several dozen 8-year-olds. However, a handful of Vallejo Police Officers and Dispatchers on Tuesday gave it their best shot as they read a specially written book to the entire third-grade class of Mare Island Health and Fitness Academy.
“It was amazing,” Principal Rhonda Coyle said. “So well put together. I was really impressed.”
In a first-of-its kind program in Vallejo, the officers were there to read, and then hand out and autograph copies of the colorful, life lesson-filled “Making it Better in Vallejo,” by Benicia resident Andre Lewis. Mare Island was the last stop on a book tour that brought more than 1,200 Vallejo third-graders into friendly, non-chaotic contact with Vallejo officers. That’s part of the program’s intent, Lewis and Officer Aldo Serrano said.