Volunteers make literacy kits for Alliance children
ALLIANCE – Almost all 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds in the Alliance City School District will receive resources to help them strengthen their reading skills through a community service project hosted by Mount Union University.
Members of the Alliance Region Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Hoover-Price Campus Center in Mount Union on Friday to prepare literacy kits.
The project coincided with National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, an annual effort designed to increase access to educational programs for adults and families with low literacy skills.
Throughout the week, the Regula Center in Mount Union hosted five events where students and community members gathered kits containing a book, crayons, coloring page, and resources that promote learning. literacy.
“By the end of the day, we’ll have completed 900 literacy kits,” said Abby Schroeder, director of the Regula Center at Mount Union.
She said the university had partnered with United Way of Greater Stark County on the project. The agency provided a PDF of the materials included in the kits, bags and cards for volunteers to write messages to the children.
The kits will be distributed by the Early Childhood Education Alliance.
“A foundation in literacy is so important,” said Michelle Balderson, director of elementary education at Alliance City Schools.
Balderson, who volunteered to help assemble the kits, said the resources will have a significant impact on children in the community and encourage families to spend time together.
“It’s great to be able to help,” she said.
Jennifer Meek Eells, executive director of the Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board, also said it was nice to be a part of the service project.
She said the Stark Tuscarawas Workforce Development Board believes family literacy should start at an early age. The agency is also encouraging parents and families to connect through reading, and Meek Eells said the kits will help foster that connection.
“(It also shows) the dedicated partners of the Alliance community,” she said.
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