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Students play in the Ellen Street Campus (World of Wonder) gymnasium Wednesday, Feb. 13. There were two play sessions, which ended with students putting play items back where they found them.

  Fenton Area Public Schools World of Wonder Early Learning Programs and Linden Community Schools Early Childhood programs received a $6,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint to support the campaign, “Read early. Read often. Your child’s success depends on it.” 

 The campaign will “raise awareness about the importance of reading to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers ... every day, everything, everywhere!” said Linda Mora, director/principal at Fenton Area Public Schools World of Wonder (WoW) Early Learning Programs.

 The program will engage people across the community to share the message, connect community resources to the cause, and support the work to:

 Read every day: Babies and toddlers who are read to often will have heard as many as 30 million more words than children who aren’t read to. 

 Read everything: Read billboards, cards, cereal boxes, ads, newspapers, and websites.

Read everywhere: Read aloud to babies and toddlers at home, in the car, at the park, at the library, in waiting rooms, in the yard, at the homes of friends and family, at the grocery store, at the beach, at the doctor’s office, at the gas station, at restaurants, at the laundromat and everywhere else we go.

 It is the plan for Fenton and Linden to join forces to launch and support this campaign urging parents to take on their roles as parents as teachers and know that there is nothing a parent can do that is more impactful to children’s future success than reading to their child.

 Both districts have early childhood programs that include tuition preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, state funded, Great Start Readiness Programs for children who are 4 years old and from families that meet income requirements, and parent-child playgroups for families with children birth to 5 years that are funded through the United Way of Genesee County.

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