|JCPRD Children's Services Sites in Gardner Receive Literacy Grant for New Program|
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District's Children's Services Department recently received a grant of $500 to be used to establish a new program meant to get younger children excited about reading. The grant came from the Youth Service Association and will be used for a new literacy program at the Madison and Gardner schools' Afterschool programs in Gardner.
Gardner Children's Services Specialist Lisa Hughes said the program will begin on March 3, which is National Read Across America Day, and run through April 25, which is National Youth Service Day. It will involve having older students read books to younger children each week, completing an art project or activity related to the book, and then giving the books to the preschoolers to use in their classroom.
Paperwork for the grant, Hughes said, was completed by the youth who will be participating.
"The directors (of the Afterschool centers) took the idea to the kids and the grant is actually hand-written by the children," Hughes said. "They took the time, they answered each of the questions in their own words."
The grant funds are being matched by $250 from each of the Afterschool program's budgets and will be used to purchase books. The program is expected to reach about 44 of the younger children.
For more information, contact Gardner Children's Services Specialist Lisa Hughes at (913) 856-2493.