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Third-graders read for officials, parents as part of Books for Babies program

photoJason Araujo (left), reads a passage from “Baby Bear’s Books” for an audience of Loudoun administrators and parents. Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Aaron Koepper

Most children’s books are read by parents to children. But rarely do adults gather to hear these stories read back to them, as Loudoun officials and parents did Thursday morning. 

The performance showcased the results of the Books for Babies program, a partnership that began in 2000 between Loudoun County Public Schools and Inova Loudoun Hospital. The program gives books to parents of children who are born in Loudoun County hospitals.

“What better time then as soon as children are born?” Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Sharon Ackerman said. “We wanted to promote literacy and we wanted it to have a connection with Loudoun County Public Schools.”

Third-graders from Sanders Corner Elementary School read “Baby Bear’s Books” by Jane Yolen and third-graders from Newton Lee Elementary read “The Boss Baby” by Marla Frazee.

The reading was also attended by Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York.

“You read better than I do,” York said after the readings. “My hat’s off to you, your parents and to your teachers.”

Newton Lee Elementary School Assistant Principal Chris Cadwell helped select the third-graders who read for the audience.

“We have a lot of kids who love to read,” Cadwell said. “These kids exemplify all the characteristics of the hose who love to read.”

Books for Babies is run by Wendell Fisher, the director of outreach for Loudoun County Public Schools. It gives out about 3,000 books to new mothers and children every year.


“You read better than I do,” York said after the readings.
Well, at least he’s honest about some things

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