Juneau Soroptimists big on books

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2003

Being read to as a young child is an important predictor of later reading success. Soroptimist members collected and donated more than 1200 high-quality children's books to early childhood programs in Juneau this spring. The books were delivered to programs by NAEYC-SEA during monthly "toy-mobile" service, and were also distributed to early-childhood educators during literacy workshops.

Thanks to the Juneau Soroptimists, more than 600 preschool children in Juneau are learning a love of reading by making friends with book characters such as "Edward the Emu" and learning about science and nature through books and puppets.

The Soroptimists donated 20 science literacy kits to the NAEYC-SEA lending library, complete with puppets, children's books and ideas for follow-up learning activities. The literacy kits are circulated every month among eight center programs and 24 licensed family child-care programs for use during storytelling circles.

Soroptimist International of Juneau is a volunteer service organization for women in business, management and the professions. The group is a part of Soroptimist International, comprising almost 100,000 members in about 120 countries around the world. Juneau Soroptimists meet at lunchtime, the second and third Thursdays each month, at the Salvation Army. Guests and visiting Soroptimists are welcome. Call 789-2823 for more information.

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