Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Kids Create Bookmarks For Derby

First Lady Jane Beshear has been a stalwart advocate for literacy in Kentucky since, at least, the mid 80's when she chaired the Kentucky Literacy Commission. I had the privilege to work under her direction (along with JCPS's Marty Bell) on the Commission, and have known Jane (and Steve) to be terrific parents at Cassidy School. They were always kind and considerate folks who never put on airs.

I'm glad to see her passion for literacy has not waned.

This from NKY.com:
FRANKFORT, Ky. – In classrooms throughout Kentucky, students are decorating bookmarks that support literacy while celebrating the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

The bookmarks will be distributed to guests attending the Derby Celebration, to be held 8 a.m. to noon, on May 2, on the Capitol grounds in Frankfort.

Each bookmark has the outline of a jockey and the quote, “Readers are Winners!,” from First Lady Jane Beshear. In all, about 7,500 bookmarks have been sent to classrooms for children age preschool through high school to color, paint and decorate. Approximately 60 school districts are participating.

“I love that this project allows children to be creative while also encouraging them to read,” Mrs. Beshear said, “combining fun and learning is the best way to ensure that children become lifelong readers.” ...

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