by Lisa Tome
Cecil Sheriff's deputies were given the opportunity to show off their more scholarly side last week during North East Elementary's Stars of Summer Tour.
The tour, which has teachers and deputies reading to children, giving away free books and ice pops, takes school staff into the community just weeks before school starts for the year. The teachers and deputies drove cars to a number of communities whose students are served by the school.
Ceara Barker is a first year teacher at North East. "It's awesome. It's great to get to know the teachers and the kids. It's awesome to get a sneak peek of the faculty," said Barker.
Second grade teacher Ashley Mahoney said she was anxious to see the students. "I have missed them and I'm excited to get them ready for school," said Mahoney.
NEES principal Lisa Lowe said the free books were provided through school Title I funds. Lowe said the purpose of Stars of Summer was to unite the community with law enforcement and teachers. "We want the whole community to have a lifelong love of books and reading," said Lowe.
The tour took teachers and deputies to five areas - Chesapeake Golf Club, North East town hall, Ridgeley Forest, North Bay community, and the First Baptist Church of North East.
North East Elementary has numerous literacy programs throughout the school year. The school has a Little Free Library which is open all the time for borrowing or donating books. The International Literacy Association also provides free books during the monthly food distribution at the school. The school PTO provides books to every students free of charge in March. "We make sure our kids get books," said Lowe.