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Family Resource Center partners with police for Reading Buddies

The Family Resource Center at James Lane Allen Elementary hosted a drive-thru event for kindergarteners to celebrate the 100th day of school. Each family received two “Step into Reading” books (“Rocket’s 100th Day of School” and “Unhappy Birthday, Grumpy Cat!”), resources to help foster a child’s love of reading, and a box of brownie mix for baking fun at home. In addition, youngsters picked out a stuffed animal thanks to toy donations through the Lexington Police Department. Each student got an adoption certificate and was encouraged to name their toy and consider it their reading buddy. They then promised to read to their buddies for at least 15 minutes a day. “It was a great way to engage our kindergarten students and get them excited about reading,” said PGES coach Molly Storie.

The Jan. 29 event coincided with JLA’s weekly Drive-Thru Library Checkout hosted by librarian Laura Barnes.

“Our families had access to a lot of literacy tools today,” said FRC coordinator Madeline Potter, who collaborated with the kindergarten teachers to decide which books would be best for the students. “We also talked about the challenges that our families are facing and came up with a way to share information that they might find helpful in navigating parenting and school during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Potter said. 

“It was really neat to see the look on the kids’ faces when they saw the police officers and the stuffed animals,” said kindergarten teacher Dana Bradford. “We were also able to pick out books that we thought the children would enjoy and that we would be able to use during class time.”

-- Details and photos courtesy of Madeline Potter

(Posted Jan. 30, 2021)