MPPD Reading Patrol Book’n It! 5K March 29

  • Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Mount Pleasant Police Department Reading Patrol is partnering with the first ever “Book'n It! 5K Fun Run/Walk” to raise awareness for the Readers2Leaders campaign and to promote literacy across South Carolina. The race will take place on Saturday, March 29 at 9 a.m. at Palmetto Islands County Park, 444 Needlerush Parkway, Mount Pleasant.

Reading Patrol officers will be stationed at the park shelters to read a book on wellness, sports and the benefits of staying active. Families are also invited to bring a new or gently used book to the event. Books will be donated to literacy programs and local schools.

“We welcome the Reading Patrol to our race,” said race director Chris Cook. “Their contribution is a perfect fit for us and propels our mission deeper within the community.”

“The Reading Patrol is a new public engagement program that is already generating a lot of interest in the community. You can meet our officers every third Saturday of the month at Barnes and Noble for a complimentary 11 a.m. reading or at other functions like the Book'n It Race,” said Police Chief Carl Ritchie. “The Reading Patrol are making great strides to build bridges one book at a time. I would like to commend Sgt. Les Mauldin and Cpl. William Dorfner and all the officers involved in the program for their dedication and drive.”

To register online, visit www.readers2leaders.com. On-site registration will also be available on the day of the race at 8 a.m. Racers of all ages are welcome. The cost to enter the race is $6 for kids under 10 and $16 for adults and children over 10.

For more information about the Reading Patrol Program, contact Sgt. Les Mauldin at lmauldin@tompsc.com or 843-881-8242.

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