Children’s Reading Connection Supports Remote Learning with “Sing Me a Story!”

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Children’s Reading Connection Supports Remote Learning with “Sing Me a Story!”

Rev member, Children’s Reading Connection, is working to promote reading and keep children engaged during COVID-19 with its new “Sing Me a Story” initiative. President and CEO of Children’s Reading Connection, Brigid Hubberman, selected six books assigned to elementary school students by the Ithaca City School District (ICSD), and worked with local musicians, Cal Walker and John Simon, to record audio and songs to accompany the books.

Packages containing the books with audio accompaniment have been distributed to nearly 200 elementary school students so far. “I’m certain that the books going home to families has been the most important and impactful thing that we did for the kids,” said ICSD pre-kindergarten teacher, Kelly Craft.

According to Hubberman, the initiative has received positive feedback from teachers and families and Children’s Reading Connection is hoping to distribute more packages to local students in the near future. “Beyond literacy, language, and learning, the books come with calm, care, concern, and love that is infused in every book, and comes as part of everything John and Cal do together,” said Hubberman.  Learn more about Children’s Reading Connection and how the “Sing Me a Story!” is supporting remote learning in the community in the full article on Ithaca.com.