In December, we celebrate with a holiday party for our students. Each child receives a book and a board game as a present, to encourage reading and family involvement at home. Children enjoy a treat with their mentors, read a book from our holiday book collection, have their faces painted, and play "Pin the Heart on the Grinch." Each year we ask for and appreciate assistance in organizing this special day. We also accept donations of new books and board games.
Dr. Seuss Week
Dr. Seuss’s birthday, in early March, is an exciting time in our programs. Students enjoy special activities and are treated to a visit from the Cat in the Hat. Every first and second grade student in our programs receives a brand new copy of Green Eggs and Ham or The Cat in the Hat. These books are a fun way to teach basic sight words that are critically important for beginning readers. Families report that these books are read "over and over" by our students, who often read them to a younger sibling.
Three times a year, we give books to the children in our programs in an effort to build their home libraries. In the past 12 years we have given away 10,721 books. Our generous book donors include: The DuKane Junior League, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and Angela’s Angels, an effort coordinated by Anderson’s Bookshop.