Barbara Linker and Brian Foster are no strangers to the Partnership. Together they have put in 45 hours of service since joining us as volunteers in October 2016.
“Brian and I so enjoy volunteering at the Partnership,” Barbara says. “The books given to the children in the various projects are first quality. Knowing this may be a child’s first book makes us proud to be a volunteer for the Partnership.”
Over the last several months, Barbara and Brian have helped us label over 5,000 books for our Reach Out and Read program and Boogie with Books events, and organized approximately 20 of our theme boxes. They helped us prepare for the Literacy Builds Gaston meeting back in May, as well as our big Spooktacular event last October. Every hour that they give helps us tremendously!
Thank you to Barbara, Brian and all of our outstanding volunteers for helping us expand the reach of our programs in so many ways. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Partnership, call (704) 922-0900.
More than 50 community members and representatives from children’s advocacy agencies attended the Literacy Builds Gaston meeting Friday, May 12th at the Gaston County Public Library Main Branch in Gastonia. To read more about this amazing event, click here.
Earlier this month, our Public Information Coordinator Tabitha Whetstine transformed into Super Girl and set out on a mission to read aloud to the children at several child care centers in our community!
Tabitha read “Mother Bruce” by Ryan T. Higgins, “Clifford the Firehouse Dog” by Norman Bridwell and “Doc McStuffins Doctor’s Helper” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson.
By reading aloud to the young children at the child care centers, Tabitha exposed them to more words, sparked their curiosity, and gave them more reasons to love books! In fact, reading aloud to young children promotes language development and early literacy skills, such as word sound awareness, understanding how stories work, recognition of sounds and letters, knowledge of a wide range of vocabulary and the ability to listen.
DALLAS, N.C. - On February 7, 2017 the Partnership for Children of Lincoln & Gaston Counties presented certificates to multiple individuals in the Early Childhood field.
These individuals were those who earned their degrees in Early Childhood, those whose child care centers went up in stars, and those who have had a tremendous impact on the children in our community.
The Partnership would like to thank each of these individuals and their child care centers as a whole for the positive impact that they have on our young children.
Reach Out and Read works within Gaston County Health Services to provide books for children six months to five years old. Every book, based on age, is given to the child by his or her doctor at each well-child visit. The program is designed to promote early literacy in children and show the importance of parents reading to their children.
Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children for success in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors and nurses who are trained in Reach Out and Read perform routine health checkups from infancy through five years not only with a stethoscope, but also with a children’s book. The book is used as a clinical tool to encourage parents to read aloud, to give them a simple, practical way of spending time and engaging in conversation with their young children.