First graders at Brighter Choice Charter School got a special visit from two deputy sheriffs on Friday afternoon. 

Two officers from the Albany County Sheriff's Department went to read to the young girls. This is part of the ongoing effort of the local police departments to build relationships with the youth in the community.

The students listened while each of the officers read them a book, and the school's principal said the girls really enjoy seeing people from their community visit them at school.

"They study about communities in ELA and social studies," said Brighter Choice Principal Tia Corniel, "and we want to make sure they have the opportunitiy to make real-life connections and make sure those ones are positive."

Corniel said the school often invites guests to talk to the students and serve as role models for the girls.