Prospect Heights Police Chief Al Steffen and officers from other suburban police departments read to children at Indian Trails Public Library on Wednesday to kick off a back-to-school safety campaign.
The story hour event marked the start of an initiative for police in 18 suburban communities to watch for students following safety rules around school zones. Kids will be rewarded with vouchers for a free Happy Meal and a book redeemable at participating McDonald's in September.
"As our young people return to school, I join in with my brothers and sisters in blue to encourage kids to follow safety rules such as looking both ways while crossing the street and wearing a helmet while riding bikes or skateboards," Steffen said in a news release.
Participating police departments include Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Glen Ellyn, Glenview, Grayslake, Lake Villa, Lincolnshire, McHenry, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Niles, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, West Chicago, Wheeling, Wood Dale, Woodridge and Yorkville.