TOPEKA -- United Way’s Young Leaders Society is working to promote reading and foster a love of books.
The Junior Leader Readers will place a free book in the hand of every Shawnee County public school kindergartner by the end of the current school year. To date, the group has distributed over 750 books to students across the community. Its latest book give-a-way at Meadows Elementary School is one of several sponsored through Stormont-Vail HealthCare.
“Stormont is proud to support children’s literacy in our community,” said Janet Stanek, Stormont-Vail HealthCare spokesperson. “We hope that this book program sparks a lifelong love of reading and learning.”
Meadows Elementary School’s 91 kindergarten students will participate in a volunteer-led book reading of "The Little Penguin," written by A.J. Wood and illustrated by Stephanie Boey. After the reading, each student will receive a copy of the book to take home and enjoy. Five additional books will be donated to the school library for all students to enjoy.
The program will be held at 2:00, Thursday, April 7th at Meadows Elementary School. A Stormont-Vail representative will lead the book reading. United Way Young Leaders Society volunteers will also be present for the occasion.
The first book program give-a-way through Junior Leader Readers was October 20, 2010. The group anticipates distributing over 2,200 books to area kindergartners by the end of the 2010 – 2011 school year. Schools included in the program include Topeka Public Schools, USD 501; Auburn Washburn, USD 437; Shawnee Heights, USD 450 and Seaman Schools, USD 345.