About 100 community leaders including anewscafe.com’s own Doni Chamberlain are ready to read to nearly 1200 young children at 61 locations all over Shasta County for the TAKE 10 AND DO IT AGAIN reading initiative on March, 20th at 10 AM.
The effort is part of the Shasta Early Literacy Project (SELP), a collaborative of public and private agencies, school districts and service clubs focused on preparing more youngsters for kindergarten and for the learning process. SELP wants to reach young families and help build strong reading habits at home. Two years ago, SELP launched the Take 10 & Do It Again initiative to call attention to the importance of reading to young children every day for a total of at least 20 minutes.
Over 100 civic and business leaders will read to children for at least 10 minutes at 10 AM all over the county. Reading sites include Head Start centers, preschools, Mt Shasta Mall, kindergartens, community medical centers and libraries. In addition, several school principals are asking older students to stop what they are doing and take 10 minutes to read.
“We are so pleased with this program,” said Kathey Christian-Kakiuchi, SELP Chair and Shasta Co. Public Health executive. “We’ve held this great event four times now, and it reflects the value this community has for its children.”
“It is so important that adults read to the children in their lives. They can take 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there to build up to at least 20 minutes a day,” she added. “It’s never too early or too late to start. The more that children are read to, the more it sets them up to be readers themselves, which is the key to successful education. Plus, it’s a great way to spend warm, unhurried together time with a child.”
The “Take 10” message is a way to spark a conversation about reading at home,” said Judy Salter, a Redding Rotarian and a SELP member. “We need to stay connected to our schools. Putting civic and business leaders around the county to read to young children is a great way to remind the community of the importance of reading to children every day.”
“We need to find more ways to encourage daily reading at home,” she added. “The critical years are from birth to 5. Reading is literally food for their brains. Children who read with their families are more likely to read on grade level and be better students. This is a simple project – just read with children every day and a make a huge difference in their future. We as a community can do this.”
“On March 20th, young children get the very special treat of having a new adult reader come into their lives. I call that magic. And this connection needs to continue and be strengthened for all of Shasta County’s youngest residents,” said SELP Chair, Christian-Kakiuchi. “We want to get more books into the homes of young families. We need to get more businesses and community groups involved in this effort.”
Individuals or organizations that want to donate funds to buy the books or be a book distribution site may call the Shasta Library Foundation at 246-0146.
-from press release