First Posted: 8/17/2008

The Luzerne County Community College Literary Arts Society presented a check to Head Start representatives at the Nanticoke Center in support of the Birthday Book Project. The funds will be used to purchase books for children enrolled in classes at Head Start locations in Nanticoke and Plymouth.
The books will be distributed when the children celebrate their birthdays during the school year and accommodations will be made for the enrolled children who celebrate their birthdays when school is not in session. The goal of the Birthday Book Project of Luzerne County Head Start is to give children registered in Head Start classrooms the opportunity to experience book ownership by receiving a new book, in some cases for the first time; to increase opportunities for families to share books together; and to increase exposure to books at home. Other goals of the project are to reinforce the importance of early literacy and to provide a model for parents and children to see that books make great gifts.
Shown at the check presentation are from left, first row: Kelly Kobusky, Plymouth, assistant teacher, Luzerne County Head Start; Brianna; Aaron McCurdy, Mountain Top, member, LCCC Literary Arts Society; Joseph; Sara Horton, Exeter, secretary, LCCC Literary Arts Society; Branden; Rachel Durinick, West Pittston, member, LCCC Literary Arts Society; Julianna; and Marlene Jimmerson, teacher, Luzerne County Head Start.
Second row: Colleen Noble, Shickshinny, assistant teacher, Luzerne County Head Start; Al-Nisa Bracey, Trucksville, member, LCCC Literary Arts Society; Marion Sod, Hunlock Creek, center manager, Luzerne County Head Start; Jose Fernandez, Nanticoke, vice president, LCCC Literary Arts Society; Debra Rule, Wanamie, family worker, Luzerne County Head Start; Mary Stchur, Kingston, advisor, Literary Arts Society and assistant professor, English, LCCC; and Marilyn Smith, Mountain Top, Grandma Head Start, Foster Grandparent Program.

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