McGruff & his pals wrap up ‘Reading with Leaders’

May 3, 2013 by

Concordia Police Officer Sara Heisen and Kansas State Trooper Adam Barta did all the work Friday, but McGruff the Crime Dog was clearly the star of the final “Reading with Leaders” storytime for preschoolers Friday morning.

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Heisen and Barta read the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham” to more than 30 boys and girls ages 3, 4 and 5, while McGruff — who on other days is known as Concordia Police Officer Levi Herring —  listened along with them in the upstairs playroom at Neighbor to Neighbor.

Downstairs, parents, grandparents and other caregivers relaxed downstairs with doughnuts, coffee and juice provided by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Heisen, Barta and McGruff made up the 13th team of readers in the storytime series that began last September. It has been coordinated by Lois Lervold of the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Initiatives office and hosted by Neighbor to Neighbor at 103 E. Sixth St. The program was funded in part with a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, and the number of children at each session has ranged from about 35 to nearly 50.

After the storytelling time, the children were able to try out with the wide assortment of toys and books  in the upstairs playroom. Before leaving, each child received a copy of the book “Green Eggs and Ham” plus a small bag of snacks.



One Response to “McGruff & his pals wrap up ‘Reading with Leaders’”

  1. Loretta A. Jasper on May 7th, 2013 3:45 pm

    Children can never have too much exposure to age appropriate books: for look-see and/or for reading or to be read to. Modeling is key. Including the reading into daily life for adults and children is one way to model.

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