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De Anza students charmed by books and ‘top dog's' rendition of Silverstein


Staff Writer

He's cute — he'll work for kibble — and the kids adore him.

On Tuesday, Deputy Do Right, mascot and "top dog" for the Imperial County Sheriff's Office crime prevention unit, was at De Anza Elementary School in El Centro, taking part in a Reading Is Fundamental book giveaway.

De Anza students spent time listening to Deputy Do Right read (with a little help from sheriff's crime prevention coordinator Lucrecia Torres and Do Right's "voice," crime prevention supervisor Jerry Godsey) from author Shel Silverstein's book "Where The Sidewalk Ends" and then were invited to select a book.

"I'd like to tell you that he's very cute," was Kelsy Page's verdict on Do Right's canine charms.

Kelsy, a fourth-grader at De Anza, was clearly enamored with the book she had chosen that morning.

"I like reading and I've been to Universal City and seen them there," Kelsy said, explaining her choice of a Rugrats story book.


The students were presented with an eclectic range of books to choose from, with titles ranging from "Jack's Time Machine" to "There's An Orangutan In My Bathtub."

The RIFT organizers at DeAnza, teachers Victoria Gonzales and Mari Castañeda, stood to the side watching the children pouring over the books stacked on tables and smiled.

"We must have given over 4,000 books in the two years I've been involved with the program," Castañeda said cheerfully.

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