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Wilton Free Public Library summer readers earn items for the Western Maine Homeless Shelter

33 students participated in the outer-spaced themed library program this year.

WILTON - The Wilton Free Public Library has successfully closed out another Summer Reading Program; this year’s theme of "A Universe of Stories" was all about space.

Although the programs and activities that included rocket launching, jugglers, concerts, and galaxy slime were out of this world, the biggest take away was the generosity of the children who participated. Instead of earning prizes for themselves this year, children who participated in the reading goal portion of the program earned items to donate to the Western Maine Homeless Shelter.

A group of 33 kids read books and completed literacy activities throughout the summer to earn items like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, toothbrushes and toothpaste, diapers, wipes, band aids, body wash, bath poofs, pacifiers, and deodorant to give to the shelter. These items took the place of the usual bucket of prizes that kids would normally keep for themselves.

Thank you to the Western Maine Homeless Outreach for coordinating this program with us and a special thank you to the Tyngtown Club who provides grant funding for the entire summer reading program each year.

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  1. What a great idea! Good job,kids! Thanks for making us proud!

  2. This is such a great idea! Thank you!

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    Both of my children could read before they went to school. My child is presently in evaluation nine, and a normal student (a lot to my failure - and I know, with solid proof, this is predominantly because of his frame of mind towards school, as he ought to have a lot higher evaluations), and my girl, who is in evaluation seven, is a straight A student.

    Things being what they are, the reason might they be able to read before going to school? Steady models and fortification at home. I read with them both consistently, in any event once per day, reliably. I showed them the letter set, and they knew it, and the sounds the letters made, by age three. At that point, as the developed more seasoned I would have them read certain basic words. The two of them knew "the", "a", "him", "her", and a few other regular words by the age of four. When they were in kindergarten they had a reading jargon of at any rate twenty or thirty words each. By evaluation one they could read basic stories with just a little help on some multisyllabic words. It's extremely pretty much practice and making it fun!

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    Keep in mind: reading is the way to success!