A program that was created in 1998 by an RCMP officer in British Columbia and finally made it's way to Alberta came to a close today for the students at Greentree School.
"Today's an exciting day for the students. They finally get their rewards for the Top Cop Reading Program that ran December 10 to January 8. The rewards finally arrived at my office, so I was able to compile them and do some presentations to each grade today," explained Staff Sergeant for the Drumheller RCMP Detachment, Kevin Charles.
The students kept track of all their own reading hours, inside and out of school.
"There's roughly 430 students in this school and I had 176 calendars turned in. Not quite half, but pretty good for a pilot program and I anticipate that next year we'll have more students participating," Charles stated.
"In my opinion, and I think others would agree, that this was very successful. Now we plan on rolling this out to other schools including St. Anthony's, Morrin, Delia and Carbon to allow these students to participate in this program as well," added Charles.
Depending on how many hours were read, the students could reach a number of different ranks such as Sergeant, Inspector or Staff Sergeant.
"I would say the highest participants was Greentree's Grade 3 (students), they had 34 participants. The most commissioners was achieved by the Grade 5's," Charles outlined.
"Overall it was a really nice spread amongst the grades and amongst the ranks. I was very pleased to see the effort the students put in."
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