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Updated: 04/18/2017 08:30:01AM

More than a backpack

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Lake Placid Police Sgt. Eddie San Miguel, from left, Highland Electronics/Radio Shack co-owner Carol Pollard and Police Chief James Fansler display the backpacks and books donated to kids in the community through R.E.A.C.H. a Child. The program fosters a love of learning by providing books to children in the midst of traumatic situations.

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Lake Placid Police Sgt. Eddie San Miguel, from left, Highland Electronics/Radio Shack co-owner Carol Pollard and Police Chief James Fansler display the backpacks and books donated to kids in the community through R.E.A.C.H. a Child. The program fosters a love of learning by providing books to children in the midst of traumatic situations.

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Carol Pollard displays a backpack, like those provided to kids as part of R.E.A.C.H. a Child, a book-based program to spur love of reading and build relationships with local first responders.

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Carol Pollard displays some of the books provided to kids as part of R.E.A.C.H. a Child, a book-based program to spur love of reading and build relationships with local first responders. Donors have given money or books, either new or 'gently used,' at Highlands Electronics/Radio Shack in Lake Placid, owned by Pollard and her husband, Gene.

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Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler, left, looks into a child's backpack to see what books they get through R.E.A.C.H. a Child, a program run locally by Carol Pollard, right, and her husband, Gene. The book-based program helps children in crisis by giving them something to read, a close connection to local first responders and an outlet for additional help.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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LAKE PLACID — Local police officers give books to children in times of crisis, but they do more than just improve the child’s spirits or love for reading.

“We identify people who have needs,” said Lake Placid Police Sgt. Eddie San Miguel.

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