Summer Library Program promotes learning and literacy

KCSD PHOTO Senior McKenna White from Central Mountain High School reads Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

LAMAR –Keystone Central Career and Technical Education students Addison Hibbler and McKenna White may be on summer vacation, but they are still learning.

These aspiring teachers had an opportunity to be guest readers at the Porter Township Summer Library Program this past week. They read Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Tedd Arnold’s Green Wilma to the children.

Addison and McKenna are upcoming seniors in the district’s Child Care Program at Keystone Central’s Career and Technical Center. This program is intended to prepare high school students for employment in the childcare industry or prepare them for two or four-year programs in Childhood Education. Students are trained for positions such as childcare aide or assistant, nursery, preschool or elementary school aide, nanny, or daycare teacher.

Other guest readers this summer have included Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin, retired teacher Jeanne Delinski and Liberty Curtain teacher Jaime Strunk.

The Porter Township Summer Library Program is sponsored by the township and managed by June Strouse who has worked as a paraprofessional for over 20 years in a kindergarten classroom. June’s passion for children and literacy is evident as she continues to be involved with children and promote a love of reading. She also serves as a great role model for aspiring childcare providers.

The Summer Library program is a 6-week program on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. The library at Porter Township is open all year long for children and adults on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.