READY READERS JOINED stl250 to Celebrate
Young Children in our Community!
In celebration of St. Louis’ 250th birthday and the national “Week of the Young Child,” Ready Readers hosted a storytelling extravaganza at the newly renovated Central Library downtown on Tuesday, April 8th!
230 children plus their teachers and special guests, representing Hodgen, Lexington, Mason, Mullanphy, and Pamoja at Cole in the St. Louis Public Schools, joined in the fun! In addition to a visit from Mr. Worm, the Ready Readers costumed mascot, our morning included storytelling, songs, and a tour of this historic landmark. Our own volunteer, Rosie Willis (Miz Felix), entertained the crowd with stories, songs, and even a little guitar playing! In addition, each child receive an adorable SLPL messenger bag full of new books, as well as printed literacy materials.
Thank you to the St. Louis Public Library, Read From the Start – a Missouri Humanities Council program, and First Book St. Louis for your collaboration on this event.
Do you know that Susan Blow, a St. Louis educator, developed the first continuous, publicly funded kindergarten program in the USA, right here in the St. Louis Public Schools in 1873, at Blow School in the Carondelet neighborhood!