By Renee Koenig, Kewaunee County UW-Extension Family Living Educator
Members of the Kewaunee County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE) are helping to promote a lifelong love of reading for local children.
Kewaunee County HCE members play an important role in the Wisconsin Bookworms program, which provides free books to children who may not otherwise be able to own books. The HCE volunteers read to preschool children and give them new books each month to take home along with family activity worksheets that relate to the books.
Over the past 15 years, the Kewaunee County HCE group raised more than $13,000 to cover the cost of books for local children. HCE volunteer readers have contributed thousands of hours reading to children, preparing literacy-building activities, coordinating and distributing books, and assisting at Wisconsin Bookworms programs.
The Wisconsin Bookworms program is a partnership between HCE, UW-Extension and Wisconsin Public Television. Since the program began, Wisconsin Bookworms has provided more than 750,000 books to more than 85,000 children statewide.
To learn more about the Wisconsin Bookworms program and the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education, Inc.(WAHCE) visit http://www.wahceinc.org/bookwormsindex.html