Tuesday wasn't your typical day for Kanawha County Sheriff's Deputy H. Shipman.
Shipman typically finds herself chasing bad guys.
But on Tuesday, she read to youngsters at Ruthlawn Elementary School as part of the sheriff's department's new program to send officers to county schools to discuss safety and build rapport with students.
"It was a really good visit," Shipman said.
She said she was well received by both children and adults at the school. In fact, she wasn't sure who had a better time - she or the students.
"They (children) asked me a lot of questions, and I liked answering them," the deputy said.
Many of the students asked her if she would be returning to their classes every day.
"That was really heartwarming," she said.
Students also asked her why lockdowns were initiated at the school. She answered that it was a precaution to keep them safe.
"They asked a lot of good questions," she said.
She is among several deputies who will be sent to schools that do not have a prevention resource officer assigned to them, Sheriff Johnny Rutherford said.
Three deputies will visit two schools a day on a random schedule for the remainder of the school year as long as the manpower is available, he said.
The deputies will be picked on a rotating basis, Rutherford said.
The program is being funded by a $30,000 allocation provided by the Kanawha County Commission.
The officers will keep an eye out for suspicious behavior near the schools and discuss safety issues with teachers and administrators, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, head of special operations.