Kiwanis, Key clubs share ‘fundamental’ gift at DESPublished 2:04am Thursday, November 21, 2013
Members of the Dadeville High Key Club and the Dadeville Kiwanis Club took a few minutes out of their morning Tuesday to share the gift of reading with kindergarteners at Dadeville Elementary.
Part of the Kiwanis Club’s venerable Reading is Fundamental — or RIF — program, the youth and adults gave a copy of a cherished children’s book to each child and then sat down to read it with the kids in small groups.
Dadeville attorney John Percy Oliver had to battle the sing-a-longs that popped up periodically as he read “Old Macdonald” to children in Lyssa Riggins’ classroom. DHS senior Britney Rice traded smiles with the 5- and 6-year-olds from from Joyce Smith’s class as she read “Hats for Sale.”
“This is such a great program,” Smith said as the high schoolers were wrapping up their books while chatting with the children. “The kids enjoy it and it puts books in their hands to take home.”
Riggins said it was clear on the children’s faces that they loved having someone take time out to read to them.
“Oh, they love it,” she said. “And they can continue enjoying the books when they go home.”
Dadeville High Key Club members who shared their morning with local kindergarteners were Tony Blanco, Britney Rice, Jack Stephenson and Lyndsey Beck. The adult Kiwanis Club members who read to students included Peggy Bullard, PHil Evers, Betty Hayes, John Percy Oliver II, and Doug and Barbara Reid.