BSC Students Recognized for Volunteer Work with Youth Literacy Program
In recognition for nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer work, a group of 30 Bluefield State College students majoring in elementary education received special recognition from the West Virginia Reading Association recently. The students took part in a literacy outreach project during which they read aloud to young (grades 1-6) students in the area for two hours each week during the 1996-97 school year. As a result of the students' volunteer work, Bluefield State College received the "Yes! We Read Together" award from the state reading association for "sharing books with children and providing them with a foundation for future reading success." Mitzi Litton, project coordinator at BSC, noted "Many studies confirm that reading aloud to young children helps to stimulate their imagination and their zeal for learning." "Reading .... Yes!" co-chairs Sue Talbott and Sharon Diaz signed the award proclamation, along with '96-'97 West Virginia Reading Association President Frank Mace.