Local Highway Patrol take their responsibility to protect and serve the public seriously and that goes beyond keeping community members safe on the roads. Troopers are making time this school year to visit local elementary schools to read to the kids and the experience is being cherished on both sides. “My favorite part are the hugs I’ve received,” shares Sgt. Kellie Oaks, who says her visits have included games of Simon Says in addition to reading timeless children’s stories. As one classroom thanked her for coming, a little boy told Sgt. Oaks he could tell she really loves children. “I’m so grateful they could feel that because my heart was overflowing with love and gratitude every single second I was in their presence,” says Sgt. Oaks. “I hope they will love reading and find joy in holding, smelling, and reading books like I do.” More local classrooms will enjoy this special experience in 2017.