Tuesday, 12 September 2017 10:27

Old Allen Precinct Adopts Westside Elementary

Old Allen Precinct officers at Westside Elementary for "adoption" ceremony. Old Allen Precinct officers at Westside Elementary for "adoption" ceremony.
Sept. 11, 2017 – The Old Allen Police Precinct has adopted Westside Elementary School with officers pledging to help students with reading and life skills in a program called “Books With Blue.”
The precinct partnered earlier this year with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office as the first site for the geographic-based Community Prosecution program initiated by Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.
Chief Prosecutor Carrie Shelton, who is assigned to the Old Allen Precinct, will join officers in the volunteer reading program which was organized by Lt. Marcus Frierson.
“When I was assigned to Westside High School, there were some kids who were seniors and they were reading at a 2nd or 3rd grade level,” Lt. Frierson told the elementary students at today’s “adoption ceremony” in the school cafeteria. “I wanted to do something to prevent that and so decided to start at the elementary school. I went to the officers with the idea and there’s been overwhelming support. Westside is the best side. That’s why we’re bringing our best.”
Lt. Col. Greg Sanders, acting commander of Old Allen, said the precinct’s partnership with the DA’s Office and with Juvenile Court now extends to Westside.
“This is a team concept,” he said. “We chose Westside Elementary because we care. You, the kids, are our future.”
School Principal Kimberly Adams said she was surprised and excited with the interest the members of the police department, DA’s Office and Juvenile Court have shown in the school.
“We’re going to make you proud,” she promised. “We’re going to make Westside one of the best in Memphis.”