Time, Patience, Interest Key to Encouraging Kids to Read

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Time, Patience, Interest Key to Encouraging Kids to Read


Byline: Mask & Minor

Just what is the recipe for literacy?

Linda Dahl at Clinton Elementary School in South Elgin will tell you it's a cinch. In a brochure she has compiled on tips for parents to encourage reading, she includes this item:

"Take one relaxed child, bathed, fed, and at peace with the world; one book of colorful pictures and/or a good story; one accommodating parental lap, complete with owner who enjoys the book and shows it in his face, voice and whole self; these to be combined and taken every evening with no interruptions allowed."

Clinton, along with the rest of Elgin Area Unit District 46, is on a push to stress reading this year.

Pretty soon all the students at Clinton will have their handprints painted on a wall. It is underneath the prints (with their names) that the teachers will put some work written by the students.

School officials are hoping that students will go check out the work of other students - thus, encourage them to read.

At Gifford Elementary School in Elgin, Principal Phyllis Folarin is dedicating the entire year to reading. During "The Year of the Reader," the students are trying to make it from the sun to Pluto, based on how many minutes of reading they do through the year.

The school already has had a book drive and will hold several other activities during the year.

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Goin' fishin': Don't write him off just yet, but Robert Bartlett, the longtime president of McHenry County College, is stepping down.

Bartlett recently announced that this will be his last year at the helm.

"I want to find something else to do for a while," he said. "I should have plenty of time for fishing, but I want something else to do, too."

Bartlett, 59, was named interim president in 1979 and given the title officially in 1980. Before that, he was dean of instruction since 1973.

McHenry County College has about 7,500 students and recently completed a building expansion program.

Officials plan a nationwide search for a replacement. The search should take about six months.

"It's been busy," he said. "I'm going to enjoy relaxing when it's over."

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It's the law: Occasionally, we address a question about the law in Illinois public schools. …

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