On October 22, 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as Head Start Awareness Month. Head Start is the national commitment to give every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, an opportunity to succeed in school and in life.
Reading out loud to children is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. It helps to build word-sound awareness, stimulates language and cognitive skills, builds motivation, curiosity and memory. Unfortunately, the ground breaking study by KU researchers Betty Hard and Todd Risley on language development documented that children from low-income families hear as many as 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers before the age of 4.
Guest readers celebrated the positive benefits of Head Start by furthering the literacy of our children by visiting our classrooms and reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. Guest readers included: Mike Bukaty (Bukaty Companies), Kelly Clark (representing Deloitte), Kansas Representative Charles Macheers, Ben Mann (Husch Blackwell), Sandy Patchen (US Toy/Constructive Playthings), Bob Regnier (Bank of Blue Valley), Diane Roth (CenturyLink), Marc Shaffer (Overland Park South Rotary), Ryan Staub (CBIZ), and Margaret Steele (KS Gas Service).
I would like to extend a special thank you to our community guests for making a difference, one story at a time.
For more pictures from our Guest Reader Event, click here.