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Myrtle Cooper Elementary students, faculty and staff invited first responders to the opening of their Little Free Library in front of the school.
Principal Alicia Miranda and school librarian Elizabeth Chavez said they wanted to dedicate their Little Free Library to El Paso’s finest for everything they do for the community on a regular basis.
“Sometimes we forget that when big events happen, these guys are the first ones to respond, so we took our love of reading and we invited first responders to put in that first book,” Chavez said. “Hopefully that solidifies how important reading is, but also show the type of community that we have here in El Paso.”
Students held signs of thanks and recognition as they received first responders outside the front of the school with cheers and applause.
Those in attendance included the El Paso Police Department, the Socorro Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department, and the El Paso Fire Department.
Lieutenant Aldo Padilla of the El Paso Fire Department’s Health & Safety Division had the honor of cutting the ribbon for the opening of the Little Free Library.
“I think this is fantastic,” Padilla said. “This is actually the first time I’ve been honored this way.”
Padilla along with other first responders were the first to place books inside the Little Free Library.
The purpose of the Little Free Library is to promote literacy and provide students with year-round access to books.
Little Free Libraries are open to the community 24/7 and stay open during intersession, summer and holidays. Students can take a book and leave a book in its place for someone else to enjoy.
“With society nowadays there is so much going on, for example video games, lots of technology, and it’s good to go back to our roots, to that love of reading and books,” Chavez said.
At the end of the ceremony, first responders lined up to shake hands with students who thanked them with framed plaques, and then they were treated to breakfast in the library.
“Every career requires lifelong learning, so never stop learning, and reading is absolutely vital to your success,” Padilla said.