This is the first year of the summer Read and Feed program provided for Paducah and McCracken County students. It is made possible by a grant written by McCracken County School's grant writer, Genevieve Postlewaithe. This great new program provides a book, a free lunch, and a wonderful opportunity for families to build home libraries for children.
”We provide a free lunch, books and 'read a-louds' for children age birth to 10 years old,” explained Theresa Wilkins, Library Media Special at Heath Elementary School. “The program takes place every Thursday in June and July 12 & 19 at 11 am at Keiler Park in Paducah. The park is located at 2900 Broadway, adjacent to First Baptist Church Paducah and across the street from Midtown Market. It’s totally free!”
“We were given a grant from the Kentucky Reading Association for $1,000 to create and run a Summer Reading Program this year,” said Wilkins. “This is hundreds of books along with the grant.”
The Paducah McCracken Early Childhood Council is providing books specifically geared to ages 0-5. This is an amazing opportunity to build home libraries for children and afford families the opportunity to read together and to hear books being read aloud fluently.
Lunch each week is being generously provided by several local organizations, including the Lone Oak Lions Club, the Downtown Kiwanis Club, St. Thomas More Knights of Columbus, as well as Lovelaceville Baptist Church. Wilkins added that they would love to see other organizations join in this worthy project.
Events will be held on June 7, 14, 21, 28, and July 12 and 19 at Keiler Park (2900 Broadway) at 11am. The program provides several read a-louds for different age groups, a free book to each student, and lunch for all children under the age of 18.
Wilkins was thrilled to report that the program had a good attendance so far. “Wow, we had 35 children attend our first event!” she told me. “I am so overwhelmed and excited about this opportunity to keep our families reading this summer!”