Riley Delancy
Club reporter
Every summer for more than 10 years, the Country Hearts 4-H Club promotes reading to the preschoolers at the Olathe Salvation Army. This summer each family in the club has taken a day to read to the kids and do a game or crafts.
The families who participate in the reading program try to have a theme for the preschoolers. For example, when the Delancy family went, they took their pet mouse Marvin. All the kids got a chance to see Marvin. Then they  read books with mice in them, like the book, “If You Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff. Then the group talked about what it would be like if a mouse was at the preschool. All of the kids thought that was pretty funny. 4-Her’s also brought non-fiction books about mice, so the students could see real pictures versus the pretend ones. After reading books, the group did a craft. They made a mouse out of paper and yarn for the kids to take home. The event ended with everyone wiggling their noses like a mouse.
It is important to promote reading and one of the best places to start is with little kids. Families are encouraged to try their hand at reading to preschoolers at the Salvation Army.