Springfield College is leading an early literacy community outreach initiative for the second year entitled “Remember to Read,” that’s designed to encourage reading and reading readiness among kindergarten students. As part of the program, the College provided each kindergartener at the Elias Brookings and William N. DeBerry elementary schools with their own book.
Representatives from Springfield College recently hosted literacy events at DeBerry Elementary School and Brookings Elementary School to present each kindergarten student with a copy of From Head to Toe, written by Eric Carle.
A handout entitled, “Tips for Parents of Kindergartners,” from ReadingRockets.org, was also shared at both events providing suggestions on how parents can support reading. Youngsters also received a gift bag that included a magnet and bookmark featuring the “Remember to Read” logo, and a mini basketball.
In addition, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art donated free admission passes to the museum for the kindergarten students at Brookings and DeBerry schools.
Springfield College has a longstanding relationship with DeBerry and Brookings elementary schools, both of which are in the neighborhoods contiguous to the College. Springfield College students visit DeBerry and Brookings elementary schools each year during the College’s annual Humanics in Action Day to read to students, and the College’s Partners Program, which pairs 80 students annually with children from DeBerry and Brookings schools for weekly sessions, has served more than 1,200 youngsters in its 21-year history.