Welcome to REACH-A-Child™

“Helping First Responders Comfort Children-In-Crisis”

Vision Statement

“The first response is a book to comfort a child-in-crisis” Is REACH-A-Child™’s vision. Whether the children are in an automobile accident, victims of domestic disturbance or temporarily homeless, REACH-A-Child™ wants to help First Responders engage these children in a positive way through the power of a book.

“Due to the nature of our work, Wisconsin State Troopers are regularly tasked with assisting victims through extremely difficult situations. Often times, those victims include children. The REACH-A-Child™ initiative provides a valuable tool to help children during times of crisis. Providing a book and a backpack to a child in crisis diverts their attention from the tragic situation and allows the Trooper to comfort them. The mission of the Wisconsin State Patrol is to promote highway safety and enhance the quality of life for all Wisconsin citizens and visitors by providing and supporting professional, competent and compassionate law enforcement services. The REACH-A-Child™ organization provides a beneficial tool that allows us to accomplish our mission.”

– Colonel  Charles Teasdale

Recent News

REACH-A-Child Delivers Books & Backpacks to Edgerton First Responders

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REACH-A-Child was able to deliver 17 REACH BAGs to the Edgerton Police and Fire/EMS Departments this past Friday, July 12th, 2019. Our REACH BAG is a durable backpack filled with new children’s books and drawstring backpacks.

The books and backpacks were acquired thanks to a generous donation from AT&T made earlier this year. Four REACH BAGs were delivered to Police Chief Robert Kowalski, with an additional 13 provided to the Fire & EMS unit. Thank you to AT&T for helping REACH-A-Child continue its mission. Our goal is to provide a REACH BAG to every First Responder in Wisconsin.

Currently, the entire fleet of Wisconsin State Patrol vehicles and over 140 Sheriff/Police/Fire/EMS Departments across the state carry REACH BAGs. In 2018, REACH-A-Child delivered 23,062 new children’s books to Wisconsin First Responders.

Departments partnering with REACH-A-Child