Teachers, students, staff and even children at Indiana University Northwest proudly donned their plastic red noses for Time Out for Reading this morning.
Celebrating International Reading Day was something the director of the Child Care Center, Karen Grabske, deemed very important. Earlier in the week she invited the Chancellor to visit the center and read to the children. Out of town for the day, he sent a representative who also wore her plastic red nose.
"We wanted to participate today to point out to parents and children the importance of reading and how we can all fun, enjoying it while we learning," Grabske said.
Professors in two freshman level reading classes also took time from their scheduled curriculum to read to students. Barbara Steep and Jewell James read portions of books aloud to students, then each encouraged students to read aloud to their classmates.
The IU Northwest Child Care Center offers three state-of-the-art multi-purpose classrooms that are specifically designed for children 3 to 12-years-old. With a staff trained and experienced in childcare, the center offers developmentally appropriate educational activities and games.
It is also home to the Early Literacy Academy, which is designed to raise awareness of the value of early intervention and provide programs and resources to parents and children from birth to six years of age. The academy is the research and service project of the IU Northwest's Shared Vision and offers literacy education, materials and workshops to local parents/caregivers to enrich family efforts and prepare their children for the opportunities that reading will bring.
The Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition and Hammond Reads co-sponsored the Take Time Out for Reading event. For more information, please visit their Web site at www.nwiliteracy.org.