By Mila Besich Lira
Last week the Superior Sun was invited to cover a special event at the Superior Head Start.
When the scheduled event had to be rescheduled, I had the opportunity to be a guest reader to these energetic and curious pre-schoolers.
As their teachers announced that it was story time they all cuddled up, eager to hear the story and look at the pictures in the book. I had chosen, a book that caught my eye, Birdie’s Big Girl Shoes, and even though I worried that some of the boys may not like this story, which was about a little girl named Birdie who so desperately wanted to wear her mothers stiletto heels, I found that it did not matter the subject of the book. What mattered most was that they loved to have stories read to them.
To be fair to those students who were not interested in reading about Birdie and her mother’s shoe closet, we also read their most favorite story, a book that their teachers keep put away, because it is undoubtedly worn, and well used, There’s a Nightmare in My Closet, and while I flipped through the pages, these young readers began telling me the story, complete with screams, as the nightmare is found in the closet.
A story about reading to young children may not seem like headline news, it may seem irrelevant in many ways, but truth is, in less than a half hour these young children were exposed to one of the best habits a person can have – a love of reading. If you have a favorite children’s book, or maybe you are missing those special story times with your young children or grandchildren, stop by and be a guest reader at the Superior Head Start. They have a library filled with many choices or you may want to bring your favorite story. Either way the students will love this special time with a guest reader, and you may find that you enjoy this special story time, I sure did.
By the way, the event that had to be rescheduled was a visit from Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles. He visited the site on Thursday, Sept. 19, and presented a $500 check to the kids. The funds will be used to assist the Head Start’s program for prevention education, “I Can Be Kind.”
There was no word on whether the attorney read to the children, but it wouldn’t surprise us in the least to learn that he did.
The Superior Head Start is located at 150 Lobb Ave, it is recommended to call the school prior to coming in to read, you can reach the school at 520-689-2812. The school will host an open house on Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon.