LEESBURG — Leesburg Elementary School second-graders reached out to Head Start Preschool and spent time reading one on one with preschool students who are learning to read. Treleen Cox’s class was given this opportunity in December with Evan Overman’s class and Barb Marose’s class looking forward to the same opportunity in the new year.
Cox started this program last year to help some of her lower level readers. She wanted her students who struggled to read aloud to feel comfortable. Reading to preschool students allows these beginning readers to hone their oral presentation skills.
Cox said having previously worked with First Steps taught her that early literacy is critical and motivated her to provide this helping hand to Head Start. After a conversation with a Head Start teacher, an opportunity for an outside activity was created, and at the end of the 2017-2018 school year, the two paired up a second grader with a preschooler.
“They had a great time helping and those who had siblings in Head Start were so excited to be the helpers,” said Cox.