MB plans summer of reading
by Paisley Boston
May 14, 2014 | 2046 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pretty soon kids will be getting out of school for the summer and Mound Bayou Youth Activity Director Sgt. Kelvin Brown said he has plans for them.

The Mound Bayou Youth Activity Department will host a weekly story hour, each Friday during the month of June.

The program will begin on June 6 from 1–2:30 p.m. and end on June 27 in the boardroom of Mound Bayou City Hall.

Brown said he is in search of volunteers to help with the program.

"I would like for individuals who wish to volunteer to contact me as soon as possible so that I can start a list so that we can plan other activities. Volunteers would also help us to keep the children from interfering with the regular business hours. The more volunteers we get, the better," said Brown.

"We will be reading stories to and with the children. We also plan to do arts and crafts," he added.

According to Brown, the program has been conducted for over 15 years but in the past it was only offered once a month during the summer.

“One of my parent volunteers, Jennifer Holloman, and I decided to change the program up a little bit by having it every Friday in June," added Brown.

According to the Center for Longitudinal Studies children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers.

The Institute of Education study, which is believed to be the first to examine the effect of reading for pleasure on cognitive development over time, found that children who read for pleasure made more progress in maths, vocabulary and spelling between the ages of 10 and 16 than those who rarely read.

"This program is centered around children between the ages of 3 – 8 but if there are some older or younger children who would like to come, then we will try to accommodate them as well," said Brown.

According to Brown, without the help of volunteers, the event will not be a success.

"We are asking for individuals to volunteer and help to support this worthy cause. The program is going to be during business hours and I would really like to have volunteers to aid with supervision and assist children who may have difficulty reading," he added.

Brown said he believes the program is a great opportunity for students who are heading off to college in the fall because community service is a graduation requirement for college students.

"I will keep a log of the time that they volunteer and they can use the hours towards college credits," said Brown.

"The program is kind of depending on the number of volunteers that we can get to assist us. I feel that this is a great program because I have a disability and when I was in school, I had trouble reading," he continued.

"I feel that it is important for children to learn how to read and I think that this program will help keep some of the children off of the streets. We want to provide an activity during the summer that will be fun and educational," said Brown.

Books will be provided to the children from the Bolivar County Library System.

Brown said he has spoken to the Children's Librarian and about retrieving books during the month of June.

"I will use my own personal library card to check out books each week. When the children arrive the first day, we will generate a list so that we can keep track of all of the participants and at the end of the program, we will plan something special for them," he continued.

Brown said snacks will also be provided and at the end of the summer, he plans to host a special event for the participants.

Brown said he is also seeking donations.

For more information contact Brown at 662-741-2200 or Youth Activity Assistant Director Tameka McDaniels at 662-741-2192.