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Deputy: Reading With Students Builds Rapport; Young Minds

Hospers, Iowa — During the 2019/2020 school year, Kindergarten classes at Hospers Elementary have been spending some extra time with their School Resource Officer, Deputy Waylon Pollema. When Pollema has free time during his scheduled days at Hospers Elementary, he reads books, plays educational games and interacts positively with the students.

We talked to Deputy Pollema, and he tells us about it.

Pollema says it’s been a very positive activity. He says it’s about building rapport.

Pollema says the Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Steph Schwebach and Mrs. Wendy Van Roekel approached him with the idea in an effort to gain more reading time for the students as well as spending time with a law enforcement officer in a positive atmosphere at a young age. One of the goals is to have the students reading to Pollema as well as to their parents by the end of the school year. The teachers say they appreciate what Pollema has done and his willingness to spend some extra time with the students.

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