RX for Reading was thrilled to spend a gorgeous Wednesday at the Southwest Solutions Thrive by Five Family Fun Fair in Patton Park Recreation Center. We distributed over 350 brand new books to children and their families!
Recent UDM alum Sarah Casnovsky (English major, Class of 2015) and School Psychology graduate students Beth Jordon and Jamie Reynolds helped kids pick out the perfect book and talked with parents about the value of reading together.
Sarah Casnovsky poses with some of the amazing books we distributed.
Jamie Reynolds with one of our popular picks.
Beth Jordon with the “Grizzly, Hairy and Scary Activity Book”
Beth Jordon is not only working towards her Psy-S at UDM, she is also single mom of four. At the Thrive by Five event she was able to bond with other parents over the value of storytime. Many of the parents were thrilled to find books in Spanish that they could share with their children, and Beth was able to talk with other moms about the adventures and fun that reading inspires.
It’s never too young to read.
Reading is a family activity.
As Beth puts it, “if you learn to read and love it, the world and such rich opportunities are wide open to you!” Here is Beth and Dora the Explorer, with (of course) one of the Dora books kids could choose.
Happy Summer Reading from RX for Reading Detroit!
Thank you Southwest Solutions for inviting RX for Reading to their Thrive by Five Community Open House! Thrive by Five is a federally-funded, early childhood education program designed to help families break the cycle of poverty. It incorporates Early Head Start and Head Start programs for children from birth to five and wraparound services including family support, parental skills training, and health and social service support and referrals.
The UDM team! Renesha Smoot Grafton, Sandybel Quintana, Kristin Hnatio, Nancy VanRaemdonck, Erika Turak. Not pictured: Heather Bishop and Erin Henze.
There was lots of excitement at the RX for Reading table!
Renesha Smoot Grafton and and Sandybel Quintana wait for the families to arrive.
UDM Assistant Professor of Psychology Erin Henze and UDM graduate and undergraduate students Kristen Hnatio, Nancy VanRaemdonck, Heather Bishop, Sandybel Quintana, Erika Turak, and Renesha Smoot Grafton represented RX for Reading at the Community Open House. They distributed over three hundred new English and Spanish-language books to children and talked with parents about strategies for reading with children and promoting literacy.
Thank you to Southwest Solutions for inviting us and to our incredible donors who allow us to provide new books for children in our community!