BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD )– Community groups team up to make sure children are successful in reading this summer. They held an event today at New Horizon Head Start to promote summer reading.
Summer Reader Donald Selvage said, “I love to read.”
Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS), LSU, and Head Start supplied children with books and resources to keep them learning over the summer.
Summer Reader Grandparent Debora Selvage said, “It’s so fundamental. You know some kids don’t go to the library, all kids don’t have their own books, so for Head Start to give free books — it’s amazing.“
These materials were designed to keep children’s minds sharp and their imagination large.
VIPS Community Partner Director Kaia Simmons said, “It’s designed to combat summer reading loss. So over the summer, when children are out of school, a lot of the times they don’t keep reading, as well as it provides age-appropriate material in the household, especially in underserved communities.”
Ashleigh Borgmeyer from LSU School of Social Work said, “We designed some of the activities we will be doing in the books. We created the arts and crafts, printed everything out and put it all together for the kids.”
Parents drove through with their children to pick up a reading kit.
Parent Community Family Content Specialist Cathy Holden said, “It makes me feel like we as a community can come together. It takes a whole village to raise a child, so we put that village together and at the end of the day we’ve done something to help that family.”
With every kit came a special surprise. For Donald, it was one of his favorite comic book characters, Spiderman.
Selvage said, “We will read this entire summer, this entire fall, this entire spring.”
For those whose parents may not be able to read to them, each kit also comes with a video reader buddy.
Roughly 1,300 books were prepared for the event.