The Independence Kiwanis Club recently celebrated "Read Around the World" at Procter Elementary.

The Independence Kiwanis Club along with assistance from Child Abuse Prevention Agency  read to classes from pre-kindergarten through fourth grade at Procter Elementary School. Each of the 285 children was presented with a book and bookmark from Kiwanis. The school principal is Deborah Marlow.

The Kiwanis Club has been involved with a yearly program, “Read Around the Year” through Kiwanis International. The program supports projects that address child literacy in fun and creative ways.

“Reading is fundamental and motivating children to read by reading to them, will inspire them,” said Jeanetta Issa, chief executive officer of CAPA and a chair of the Young Children Priority One committee for Kiwanis. “When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things will happen.” 

Fifteen Kiwanians participated in the program. Each class discussed the reasons why they like to read, what reading can do for us and why summer reading is important. Sample chapters of the books were read and students were encouraged to continue reading at home and share with parents and siblings.