Dear Editor:

On Aug. 22, the teachers and education support professionals of Shippensburg University Head Start and Pre K Counts program want to get the word out about the importance of children’s literacy. The Head Start Pre Counts Literacy project is a year-round literacy project that encourages readers, both young and old, to celebrate reading.

Right here in Shippensburg and surrounding areas, we’re getting into the reading excitement, too.

The Shippensburg Kiwanis Club has been a large supporter of our Head Start program for many years. With the implementation of Pre-K the Shippensburg American Legion and the Minnequa Social Club have joined supporting our literacy program. This project gives out a free book for

every 10 books the children read on their own. The Head Start and Pre K counts program provides a box of gently used books donated by the Coy Public Library of Shippensburg to be circulated to the classrooms. During the 2018-19 program year, our children read 4,180 books, meaning we gave out 418 books to the children for their personal at-home library. Our goal each year is to surpass book distribution, this year we did that by 16 books.

Our Literacy Program is to give our children a love for reading and books. With continuing support from our teachers, parents, and community we are confident that the children in our program will continue to grow in knowledge through reading.

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