Lona Aldrich with the four-year-old class at Magical Beginnings with their new books to bring home.
As spring continues to unfold, the kids at Wayne Community School and Magical Beginnings can enjoy the warm temperatures and blooming flowers but now they can also enjoy a new book. Last week, Lona Aldrich of Delta Kappa Gamma visited Wayne Elementary students and Magical Beginnings in Corydon, where she spent time reading to them. At the end of her visit, the kids received new books of their own; the four year olds were given Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton and the three year olds got Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner.
Delta Kappa Gamma is an international society of female educators that supports teaching and excellence in education through scholarships around the world. Every year, Wayne Countyís Omega Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International purchases a book for each preschooler in attendance at the Wayne and Seymour school districts.
Aldrich is a substitute teacher for Wayne and Seymour, as well as the president of the Wayne County chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.
With our younger generations having more access to technology, such as tablets and other gadgets, some may wonder if kids are still excited about reading but Aldrich says that the children always want to share their responses to the books in class. She adds that they love to get their very own copy to keep at home.
The Wayne Countyís Omega Chapter believes that young children become better readers when they have books in their home and seeing how happy the Wayne Elementary and Magical Beginnings kids were can confirm this belief.
When it comes to volunteering to read to a classroom, Aldrich says that itís a lot of fun to read to the kids and encourages any retired person to make the effort to volunteer and read.