Shop with a Cop Unites First Responders and Children for a Day of Giving, Building Positive Relationships

Children gather together with those in law enforcement and other first responders outside Target in El Centro during an annual Imperial Valley Shop with a Cop event held in recent years. The event is meant to provide a joyous holiday to children facing challenges in life while building positive relationships with those in law enforcement.
Photo by the Imperial Valley Shop with a Cop committee.

Every Christmas season in the Imperial Valley, on a Saturday
afternoon in December, a caravan of law enforcement vehicles and other first responders,
blare their sirens as they make their way to Target for a very special mission
– to give children facing challenges a joyous holiday experience.

The annual event, well into its 20th year, is
called Imperial Valley Shop with a Cop, and it brings together law enforcement
and other first responders together with children who might otherwise not
experience the joy of receiving a gift during the holiday

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Crossing Guards Vital To The Safety Of Students, Parents

Elbia Escalera, a crossing guard for the city of El Centro for 18 years, stands watch as students from nearby Wilson Junior High School cross a busy city intersection. She is joined by her partner, Yolanda Staton (pictured to the left). Together they help students cross both in the morning and in the afternoon and pride themselves on the fact no student has been hurt crossing the street on their watch.

In the morning hours before the start of the school day, Elbia Escalera stands watch at her post, a corner on one of El Centro’s busiest thoroughfares along Imperial Avenue where motorists make their way north and south along the four-lane roadway.

Escalera is waiting and mindful of everything happening around her, as is her partner Yolanda Staton.

They have to be. It is their duty.

When children appear at the corner of Holt Avenue, her

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County Library Reaches Out to the Youngest Readers to “Raise a Reader”

On a hot summer day, children gather at the Heber community library, part of the Imperial County Free Public Library system. The children are participating in a Family Literacy Program designed for children ages five and younger.

On a typically hot June day, as temperatures began their climb to triple digits, Angelica Escobar sang with her 17-mont-old granddaughter, Scarlett Harmon, inside the Heber community library. When the song finished, they sat and listened to library staff member Rocia Medina read from a book with a finger puppet rising from the pages.

Scarlett giggled and couldn’t help but reach for the book.

That’s exactly what her grandmother wanted to see, and it’s what library staff members get excited about because the hope is that Scarlett and so many young children like her are taking their first steps toward becoming life-long readers when they engage in such activities.

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