Iris Hunter Richmond County Daily Journal
September 13, 2013
About 400 pre-K and kindergartners had the chance Thursday to meet their favorite PBS pals from UNC-TV at the Leath Library in Rockingham.
Deborah Knight, outreach coordinator for the library, said this is the first time that UNC-TV staff have ever been to Richmond County.
All of the pre-K students in Richmond County and kindergarten students from L.J. Bell and West Rockingham elementary schools came out to attend the program, and got to mingle with the giant duck and kangaroo. The students from these schools arrived at the library at three different times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.
“We have had about 125 kids already,” said Knight, after the arrival of the 11 a.m. group.
The children really seemed to enjoy the program, based on the laughter and excitement that filled the room. Those in attendance were able to listen to a story, meet Read-a-roo and The Duck, and learn as well as perform “The Chicken Dance.”
After the program, the children got a chance to take a class picture with their pals, Read-a-roo and The Duck.
UNC-TV staffers provided each class with a bundle of goodies which included coloring sheets, pencils, stick puppets and stickers. Also, the teachers were given a Read-a-roo DVD for their classroom. UNC-TV staff also gave Leath Library a “Super WHY!” DVD.
“They had a great time,” said Missy Kirkland, a kindergarten teacher at L.J. Bell. “It was a great experience.” Kirkland said that the kids enjoyed the story-telling, and that it is good for them to appreciate reading.
Knight said that the program was open to the public and anyone was welcome to attend.
Sharon Hutchinson, a parent, was one who decided to bring her three kids to the program.
“We are a member of the kids club and my kids’ Kindermusik teacher told me that Read-a-roo would be here today,” she said.
Hutchinson’s two sons both enjoyed coming out to the event and spending time with the PBS characters.
“I liked it,” said John Patrick, 5. The boy said he really enjoyed the singing and getting to meet Read-a-roo.
John Patrick’s younger brother also enjoyed the program.
“I like the singing,” said Alex, 3.
“I think that the program was very successful,” Knight said. “Between the school system, PBS and the library we have worked on it for the past six months to make this happen,” she said.
“I would like to thank (Superintendent George) Norris for arranging funding through the school system and working diligently to arrange transportation for the kids to come so early in the school year,” Knight said. “Our goal for the library is to have a working partnership with more programs in the 2013-2014 school year.”
— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.