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Coloring Books Bring Kids and Deputies Together

"Coloring With Our Community" is the second program to help the Sheriff's Office reach out to the community with children out of school and at home

Deputy Smith will host the first “Coloring With Our Community” video on May 19. (Photo: Alexandria Sheriff’s Office)

Alexandria, VA – Along with its reading program, the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office has another brilliant idea to bring deputies and the community together: coloring.

“Coloring With Our Community” is the second program to help the Sheriff’s Office reach out to the community with children out of school and at home. This will give kids a chance to learn about civics and safety while coloring with deputies via video.

The coloring books are free and will be distributed by deputies to participating families within Alexandria. Each coloring book will have a different topic. Every other Tuesday, beginning May 19, a deputy will appear on Facebook video to discuss the book’s theme and color a picture.

Residents who would like to participate can sign up online HERE. Please register no later than May 17. Books will be distributed the next day!

Below is the complete schedule for the “Coloring With Our Community” program:

May 19 – American Heroes Coloring Book
A deputy who served in the military will talk about their military career, what duties they performed and what they liked best about it.

June 2 – Practice Bike Safety Coloring Book
Deputies will discuss bicycle safety equipment, proper ways to ride a bike, traffic laws and street signs, how to cross the street and how to alert cars that you are turning or stopping.

June 16 – Your Sheriff is Your Friend Coloring Book
Meet Sheriff Dana Lawhorne and then Sergeant Valarie Wright and Deputy Morgan Garner will go over the roles of the Sheriff’s Office and how deputies assist the community.

June 30 – Keep Our Environment Clean Coloring Book
A deputy will talk about ways that they reduce their carbon footprint and then share simple ways that kids can make a difference in their homes.

July 14 – After School Safety Coloring Book
Deputies will discuss basic but important safety information like knowing the difference between 911 and non-emergency phone numbers, rules for walking to and from school, and what to do and not do when home alone.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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