Eighth Annual Cops ‘n’ Kids Celebration of Reading… and the Arts and Sciences
Join us, once again, as we celebrate the Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program and the countless community partners who have come together to distribute more than 550,000 free books thus far. Family fun for all with free books, activities, reading stations, food, and entertainment. Don’t miss this joyous day!
Thanks to its many community partners, for the eighth year, the Celebration offers local families an opportunity to enjoy an all-expense-paid afternoon filled with food, music, crafts, face painting, sports demonstrations, photos with some of the area’s most loved mascots, including the Just Born Peep—and free books. Performances include singing, dance and theater groups from area schools at an indoor and outdoor performance venue at NCC’s Fowler Family Southside site.
Cops ‘n’ Kids is an initiative that pairs area youth with new and gently used books generated through book drives and donations from local businesses, schools, individuals and others in the community who have responded overwhelmingly to the program’s mission of “connecting kids and community through literacy.”
An army of volunteers of all ages and from all segments of our community begin planning for this popular Celebration in September. Their mission: to come together for the good of our community’s children.
In just one April afternoon for each of the last seven years, the Celebration has showcased the spirit that defines Cops ‘n’ Kids throughout the year.
City of Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, Bethlehem Area School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy, Retired City of Bethlehem Police Commissioner Randy Miller, City of Bethlehem Chief of Police Mark Diluzio and their army of community volunteers will cook and serve free hot dogs and drinks to the families who attend. To add to the festivities, local students and representatives of the program’s corporate and community sponsors read to children at stations set up throughout the festival area and/or create craft projects/demonstrations/activities with the children in attendance. In addition, there will be entertainment provided by school children and young adults from throughout the community—beginning with a parade down the Greenway!
“Connecting kids and community through literacy”—with the help of virtually every segment of our community, this remarkable literacy initiative has been able to do just that—distributing more than 588,000 free books thus far. We invite the entire community to come celebrate what we have been able to accomplish—together, we have made a difference!