During the summer, Sheriff Jayson Richardson chose to set aside time to visit local libraries and read to students during the Summer Reading Program. This effort inspired Deputy Michael Dunn to carry the project further into the school year. With the blessing of Sheriff Richardson, Deputy Dunn reached out to other deputies at the DeSoto Sheriff's Office and put together a team that shares his vision for making a connection with students through the joy of reading. For the past few weeks, Deputies have had the opportunity to visit many Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes within the Parish. So far, Deputies have visited Mansfield, Stanley, and North DeSoto, with Logansport soon to follow. Deputy Dunn says: "The project will continue through the school year as we aim to better connect with students to show them that reading is a fun activity, something even adults enjoy. The response we have received from students has been both comical as well as heartwarming. We greatly appreciate the DeSoto Parish School staff and teachers for allowing us this opportunity, and to Sheriff Richardson for setting the example for our Deputies to follow."
Pictured below are: Deputy Jason Goff at North DeSoto, Deputy Kaitlan Welborn at Stanley, and Sergeant Natasha Jones at Mansfield, and Deputy Mark Pierce at Mansfield. If you are a teacher in DeSoto Parish and would like a Deputy to come out to visit with and read to your classroom, please contact Deputy Michael Dunn by email at: email@example.com