2009-01-14 / Front Page

Building foundations for children's education

A bright, green van has been prowling around the community for over a year, taking storytelling, literacy activities and Parents as Teachers to daycares, neighborhoods and homes.

This past week, the Words on Wheels program celebrated its second anniversary by unveiling a new look for the van.

Words on Wheels is a collaborative effort between the Literacy Task Force, Lucy Hilton Maddox Memorial Library and the Early County School System Pre-K.

WOW began serving early literacy needs of Early County in January 2007. The program took off with several local daycare operations signing up for monthly visits.

Georgia-Pacific Cedar Springs helped take the dream of Words on Wheels to another level with the donation of funds to buy the van and outfit it as an early learning center.

In the two years since, WOW has served over 1,800 children in daycares, neighborhoods and homes.

WOW makes monthly visits to daycares to deliver library books and present story hours. During the summer, the WOW van visits neighborhoods for storytelling and book distributions.

Parents as Teachers, a project of Early County Literacy Task Force supported by funding from the Governor's Office for Children and Families, makes home visits to families with children newborn to age five. Through weekly activities with parent and child, children get the right start on rich language development and a good education foundation. The program has openings and is free to Early County families.

For more information about Words on Wheels or to sign up for services call 723-5122.

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