Take some time to read to kids
Thanks to the state Department of Education, Marshall University and a foundation set up by entertainer Dolly Parton, about 37,000 West Virginia children are receiving free books this summer.
They go to children who will be entering first and second grades this fall. The first shipment, of three books each, went out in June. Another is set for this month.
Good for all involved — especially Parton, who has spent millions of dollars to get books into the hands of children throughout the nation.
But, especially at that age, books are enjoyed most by children whose parents or guardians read to them. So, if your child receives some of the free volumes, take a few minutes each day to read to them.
And if your youngsters are older, consider a trip to the bookstore or library, followed by a reading session. It will be good for the kids — and you may be surprised how much you enjoy the experience.