KS_readtoleadThe Keystone Job Corps Center had a variety of activities both on- and off-Center in this year’s Read Across America or Reading to Lead event.

Things were launched on center with a walk down memory lane that requested all students and staff to remember their favorite childhood book. Everyone cemented these fond memories by writing the title of their favorite childhood book on the Reading to Lead banner.

The book “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie” was presented in both English and Spanish versions to the students at the Luzerne County Head Start preschool program, Growing Years Child Development Center, and Hazleton Integration Project After School Scholars. Keystone students conducted activities with the children that were related to the book and passed out cookies  prepared by the Keystone Culinary Trade.

Jarielys Mendoza was one of the Keystone presenters at the Hazleton Integration Project event. She is enrolled in the Facilities Maintenance trade and arrived at Keystone from Philadelphia. She said, “I didn’t know what to expect but once I arrived and saw how excited they were I was thrilled to be a part of it. They were so involved when we read and focused on our every word.” She added, “Their smiles were priceless. To see them get so pumped for reading is great and shows what Reading to Lead is all about.”

Other on-Center activities included a staff door decorating contest judged by the Student Government Association officers. The theme was books that were made into movies, and the entries were very creative and entertaining. In keeping with the books to movies theme, a Reward the Readers program was held where students read the “Hunger Games” series and completed quizzes based on the books before enjoying the movies based on the series.

The Keystone Youth to Youth committee annually arranges all the activities held during Reading to Lead.