Reach Out and
Read is a program that promotes the importance of parents reading
to their young children
Atterberry, Osage Nation Strategic Planning and Self-Governance
Analyst, reads Pete the Cat to a group of elementary age students
at the Barnsdall Library on Monday, Jan. 23, for a Reading
is Fun Night sponsored by the Osage Nation. Photo by Cody
Hammer, ON Communications
Barnsdall, OK Debra Atterberry, a former educator, sat
down to read a book to a small group of children Monday night in
Barnsdall, Okla. The Osage Nation in collaboration with the national
non-profit organization, Reach Out Read, sponsored the reading time.
The purpose of the program is to educate parents about the importance
of reading, talking and singing to their children. Each school district
in Osage County is scheduled to have a Reading Fun Night sponsored
by the Osage Nation at or near their school at least once during
this school year.
Atterberry, Strategic Planning and Self-Governance Analyst for
the Osage Nation, has been organizing the Reach Out and Read events
and other educator workshops about the program for the past two
years. As a former teacher she knows the value of reading at home.
She said, "research shows that reading is foundational to success
in school and their future."
Currently, all Osage Nation Education departments are participating
in Reach Out and Read to promote reading and to give Osage Nation
educational staff an opportunity to get out in the public and meet
the parents they will be working with in the years to come.
All Reading Fun Nights are free and parents of school age children
are encouraged to attend and bring their children. The next event
is Thursday, Feb. 9, in Shidler, Okla., at the Ward Elementary School
in the "Old Gym".
For more information about the Reach Out and Read program contact
the Osage Nation Education Department at (918) 287-5300 or visit
them online at www.osagenation-nsn.gov.