The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County’s Advocacy Committee is developing a pilot for a Children’s Diversity Read Aloud program at the two YWCA Childcare Centers, 909 and Adams Commerce Center.
Childcare field trips and activities are now limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Executive Director Dotty Dalphon and Child Enrichment Program Administrative Director Teresa Rodgers are asking for volunteers to read to the children.
According to the organization, the program will be based on YWCA’s mission statement, which is that “the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”
This includes a focus on books about diversity and, if possible, including readers from a variety from different cultures, according to the Advocacy Committee.
Volunteers will be able to choose both a convenient time to read and a specific age group to read to, such as the school age summer camp students or the children of the childcare program. They will also be able to choose a book of their choice or ask for a recommendation from the Advocacy Committee, read in person, ZOOM, or video recording, and dress as a character in the book. In addition, they can also bring items to teach about a culture.
Anyone interested can contact Lyne Aurand at firstname.lastname@example.org, and call or text 717-495-1103.