Kornerstone hosts Read from the Start program

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Pictured is a group of parents with discussion leader and facilitator Dana Boland, of Springfield, who gathered for a Read from the Start program at the Shell Knob School on April 6. About 20 parents and grandparents attended the program, which was hosted by Kornerstone’s Teen program, and held in conjunction with Parents As Teachers and Shell Knob Preschool. Read from the Start is the Missouri Humanities Councils’ statewide family reading program designed to encourage parents and caregivers of children ages zero to 5 to create positive experiences with their children using books and stories. Contributed photo

Kornerstone’s Teen Parent program was host to a Read from the Start program on Thursday, April 6 at the Shell Knob School in conjunction with Parents As Teachers and Shell Knob Preschool. About 20 parents and grandparents attended to learn about effective methods of expanding children’s knowledge and experiences through reading books together.

Read from the Start is the Missouri Humanities Council’s statewide family reading program and is designed to encourage parents and caregivers of children ages zero to 5 to create positive experiences with their children using books and stories. Parents learn about the role of language and stories in early childhood development and techniques to continue story exploration, such as crafts, songs and dramatic play. Each family also receives a selection of outstanding children’s books to keep for use at home.

Subway of Shell Knob donated a six-foot sub sandwich as refreshments for the evening while Shell Knob School cooks provided cookies and iced tea. Childcare was provided by Parents As Teachers and Shell Knob Preschool staff.

Pictured is Teresa Rich, manager of Shell Knob Subway, holding a six-foot sub sandwich they provided for a Read from the Start program event at Shell Knob School April 6. The event was hosted by Kornerstone’s Teen program. Shell Knob School cooks provided cookies and iced tea. Contributed photo

A small donation was made by Kornerstone to Missouri Humanities Council to assist with the cost of the program, which was valued at $1,500.