The 'Wee Read' program is an early literacy program facilitated by volunteers from United Way's Early Childhood Education Impact Council, with support from United Way staff, that allows volunteers to read and give books to children in the local W.I.C. (Women, Infants, Children) offices in Lewisburg, Selinsgrove and Sunbury.
Program coordinator, Janice Adair, is a retired Reading Specialist and Learning Support Teacher and worked in the Shikellamy School District for 33 years.
“One of the reasons that I became a teacher is that my father could not read or write,” says Adair. “He severely struggled when he was learning to read and he quit school in third grade. My grandparents didn’t value education. I had a wonderful dad and I saw how hard every day life can be when you can’t read or write,” she adds.
From her experiences as a former teacher, Adair says she’s seen firsthand how informed parents are more likely to read and do activities to enhance their child’s learning than those that don’t have access to that information or resources.
“Children that have been read to on a daily basis, who have access to books, and meaningful conversations with adults are more successful in school,” Adair says. “That’s why the Wee Read program is so important”.
BOOKS ARE ALWAYS A NEED FOR THIS PROGRAM and donations requests include:
- Geared towards children ages birth - 5
- New or gently used (no writing or markings)
- Board books are preferred
- Books geared towards children five and older will be accepted for siblings
- Bilingual books (Spanish/English) are a special need
"When Janice informed us of the Wee Read program, along with its goals and objectives, we thought it would be a great fit for our offices,” says Brett Campbell, Program coordinator for the SUN Counties W.I.C. Program. “This provides another avenue with which people can volunteer and help out by reading to families that come into our offices each day".