Jordan Javorskey’s first grade class at Guyandotte Elementary School had special visitors this week. Mountwest Community & Technical College students Megan Ray, Robert Hage, Lindsey Maynard, and Willie Whetstone from Betty Dennison’s Leadership Development Studies class stopped by to share their love for reading.
Javorskey said it’s a wonderful partnership and she loves to see Mountwest students getting her students excited about reading. After the Mountwest students read a story aloud, each first grader received a book of their own and immediately wrote their names in them.
“It’s awesome they are bringing in books for free!” proclaimed Dakota Ross, first grade student.
This is a project that Dennison’s class has been taking part in for more than 15 years through Read Aloud West Virginia. The Mountwest students have a fundraiser each semester to pay it forward for next semester’s students, so they have funds to purchase books for the elementary students.
Read Aloud West Virginia’s mission is to change the literacy culture of West Virginia by keeping reading material in the hands and on the minds of West Virginia’s children. Motivation is the critical first step in developing any skill, and Read Aloud works to motivate children to want to read. Their goal is to involve community members and businesses in cultivating a culture that places value on reading.
For more information about Read Aloud, visit www.readaloudwestvirginia.org.