United Way kicks off POP STAR Reading Program at Wilson Elementary


United Way of Northern Cameron County’s POP STAR Reading Program has arrived at Wilson Elementary. The first session this school year was held on Thursday, October 8.

In the after school session, students participated in activities and enjoyed a selection from Disney’s Storybook Collection read by program volunteer Pat Keltner.

Serving as positive role models for children, volunteers like Keltner are essential to the program. During the after school sessions, they assist in reading, guide discussions, and lead activities.

“Pat Keltner, former librarian at Lee Mean’s Elementary School, helped us set up the program 6 years ago; she still helps us select the books and serves as a volunteer reader,” said Kathy Preddy, Resource Development Director. “Her knowledge has been invaluable to us.”

POP STAR is an educational initiative that encourages children to read with the message “Reading is Fun!” Each year a maximum of 40 students are selected to participate in the program by the host school.

“Reading to children is one of the best ways to put them on the path to success –academically and personally,” said Preddy. “POP STAR develops creativity and a child’s ability to use their imagination while having fun.”

The sessions will continue through May from 4:00P.M. – 5:00P.M. At completion, each participating student will have accumulated a personal library of ten books as they receive a free book at the end of each session.

See a list of upcoming books and topics below.

November Great Migrations: Butterflies (National Geographic Reader series)
December Longest Christmas List Ever, Christmas Party
January Pete the Cat: Too Cool For School, Discussion on making good decisions
February The Berenstain Bears & the Bully, Discussion on Bullying
March Cooking with the Cat in the Hat, Discussion and Activity on Spring Break
April Curious George Plants a Seed, Celebrate Earth Day
May Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (for the Girls)Star Wars:  Blast Off (for the Boys) End of the year GraduationGuest reader

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