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State Honoree

Caitlin McGee

Delaware

reads to pre-school children in a local Head Start program and performs skits based on popular children’s stories, to encourage a love of reading. Caitlin, who began the activity while looking for a school project, has been conducting her reading hours weekly since she was in the third grade. “I love to read, and I love little kids,” said Caitlin. “I felt it was important that every child is read to, because through reading, you can go on many exciting adventures.” Before she began, Caitlin researched appropriate reading methods for pre-schoolers, and even attended a two-day teacher’s conference to learn the best way to conduct her reading hours. Then she developed skits based on stories such as “The Three Little Pigs” and “Little Red Riding Hood,” which the children participate in. Caitlin also introduces stories about different cultures, and reads other types of books, like poetry books. In the three years Caitlin has been reading to the children, she feels she has touched them. “They love to show me when they have learned to read words by themselves,” said Caitlin. She plans to continue her reading hours through high school.