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Henderson County Schools Reading Initiative 
Winter Reading Challenge
Henderson County Schools will host a Winter reading challenge starting December 20, 2017 and concluding April 6, 2018.
The challenge involves taking a picture or video of your child reading, being read to, or taking a book selfie and posting the picture on Facebook or Twitter using #HCSreads. At the end of every month, a drawing will occur and a book themed prize will be given away at random.  All Henderson County students Pre-K through 12th grade are eligible to win.
 Check out Henderson County Schools Reading Videos:
Babies Need Words

As part of our reading initiative, Henderson County Schools is participating in a campaign developed by the Association of Library Service to Children.  Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play is a public awareness campaign created to help bridge the Thirty Million Word Gap. Research shows by the time children from low-income families reach the age of four, they will have heard 30 million fewer words than their more advantaged peers.  This word gap influences a child’s ability to succeed in school and later in life.  We are hoping with this campaign we can help close that gap so students are more prepared when they start kindergarten.  

We have inviting posters with ideas to build literacy skills to educate and support parents and caregivers.  These posters are designed to help families understand the importance of enriching communication with their babies and young children.  We’re hoping to hang the posters throughout the community in highly visible areas.  We have a book list brochure to help parents choose quality books for reading at home.

Research continues to prove that by investing in high-quality, early-childhood education, communities can, over the long term, reduce crime and improve health and education outcome for their residents.  We are inviting anyone in the community who would like to partner with us to please contact Stephanie Smith at Henderson County School board office.  We will provide the poster and brochures.

With this campaign we can reach families of all backgrounds and offer ideas and support for raising children who are ready for school.



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Prime Time Family Reading 

Prime Time, designed for children six to ten and their families, promotes literacy for all Kentuckians.

PRIME TIME FAMILY READING TIME® is an inter-generational, family literacy program that uses the humanities as a tool to create excitement about reading. Combining award-winning children’s books with humanities themes and open discussion, PRIME TIME connects literature to the real-world for participating families.

Prime Time Family Reading Time is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and by contributions from the Raymond P. Preston Family Foundation. 

Thank you for all the generous donations we received from the following organizations:
Finley Baptist Church, New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Dairy Queen, Taco Johns, Fazoli's, Gattitown, Subway, Donut Bank, Tumble Weed, Golden Corral, Servus Group (Wendy's, Denny's, Grandy's, & Long John Silvers), The Gleaner and Jennings Orthodontics.  Thank you to the Henderson County Public Library for bringing the Bookmobile for children to check-out library books.  Your generosity will have a positive impact on the student and families who attend.  
Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for volunteering their time to help make our reading nights successful:
Susan Morgan with the University of Kentucky Extension Office, Henderson County High School Student Ambassadors, North Middle School Cheerleaders, Rita Herron, Melissa Walker and Lisa Baird.
READ 20 Minutes Everyday!
Reading for 20 minutes a day exposes a person to 1.8 million words a year. Early exposure to language is the greatest factor in language development and listening to other people read aloud is an important part of learning to read. 
Henderson County Public Library
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For more information about Henderson County Schools Reading Programs Contact:
Henderson County Schools Reading Coordinator
Stephanie Smith
National Board Certified Teacher