Geraldine Stirtz
director of the Office of Service-Learning, 308.865.8957

Several University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Education students and the high school students they are mentoring are hosting Reading, Rhyme and Rhythm Rock for Kearney area children.

Approximately 50 Kearney children, ages four to six, will participate in Reading, Rhyme and Rhythm Rock on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the United Methodist Church.

“The event is to promote reading in young children and get them excited about books,” said Geraldine Stirtz, the director of the Office for Service Learning in the UNK Department of Teacher Education.

There will be five books read, and areas will be decorated according of each story. Every child will get to hear four stories and take part in an activity for each book. Refreshments and creativity boxes containing art supplies will be supplied for the children.

This event is sponsored by the UNK Office of Service Learning and the Nebraska Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education.

The UNK College of Education students in the mentoring program, listed alphabetically by hometown, are: Kari Brooks-Indianola; Marcus Donner-Madison; LeAnn Schluntz-Naponee; Nick Lemek-Omaha; and LaCritia Welke-Hastings. Other UNK students helping with the event are Avani Amin-Kearney; Tyler Bullock-Gothenburg; Nicolle Plambeck-Grand Island; Jade Haxton-McPherson, KS; Ashley Hansen-Arlington; Holly Henn-North Loup; Autumn Isaacs-Unadilla; Juliana Kinnison-Columbus; and Erin Schack-Columbus.

Kearney High School students involved in helping to plan the event are: Samantha Jones, Rachel Miller, Heather Sherwood, Abby Bittman and Allen Jones.

Sharon Andes-Cozad, a UNK graduate assistant, and Deb Iwan of the Kearney community Parents as Teachers Program have helped plan Reading, Rhyme and Rhythm Rock.