NEW HAVEN – Students at New Haven Elementary School are falling in love with reading at a young age thanks to opportunities at the school like the Readers from Birth group.
Readers from Birth meets once a month, and it is geared towards children from birth to second grade. However, students from all ages are welcome to attend.
The evening usually consists of a theme: a volunteer from the school or community reads to the kids, and then they get to put together a craft that coincides with the stories.
“It’s a nice way to get younger siblings into the school and promote literacy,” said New Haven teacher Cheryl Barbeau. “I love to see the children’s excitement hearing the stories.”
Starting just last year, the number of regular attendees has nearly doubled this school year.
Barbeau said she likes to be able to connect with families and meet younger students who will attend New Haven Elementary someday.
“The smiles on their faces and their regular attendance tells me the program is worthwhile and important,” she said.
Kindergarten teacher Brianne Hartmann read “Who Wants a Dragon?” and other dragon-themed children’s book during February’s meeting.
Following story time, the group got to make their very own dragon crafts to take home.
The next Readers from Birth meeting will be held March 15 at 5:30 p.m. at New Haven Elementary.