Cat in the Hat visits Youth Health Service

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Pre-k students at Youth Health Service in Elkins participate in activities involving Dr. Seuss books this week with The Cat in the Hat, portrayed by Kali Elza, AmeriCorp VISTA for YHS.

ELKINS — Youngsters at Youth Health Service in Elkins received a special visit from The Cat in the Hat this week.

As part of an effort to promote literacy, pre-k students at YHS celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday throughout the week.

Kali Elza, AmeriCorp VISTA for YHS, said students participated in activities involving Dr. Seuss books and other stories.

“Our goal was to promote literacy in a fun way by celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday. … When Literacy Volunteers read the books to (the students) earlier in the week, they seemed to enjoy it,” she said. “Literacy Volunteers made reading fun for them because they would be really animated and engaging with the kids while reading.”

Members of the Literacy Volunteers of Randolph County were actively involved in the festivities at YHS this week by reading to children and leading interactive activities.

“Members of Literacy Volunteers of Randolph County came into the Pre-K classroom this week and read a Dr. Seuss book to the kids each day,” Elza explained. “We then had an activity for them to do that related to the book. On Thursday of this week they helped put together a book walk for the kids. All of the kids were able to win two free books that they got to take home.”

On Thursday morning, students were able to interact with The Cat in the Hat who delivered books to the class and invited youngsters to participate in an interactive dancing activity.

Elza noted her duties as an AmeriCorp VISTA Coordinator for YHS involve expanding services for children and families in the area.

“My role as an AmeriCorps VISTA Coordinator consists of building the capacity of YHS by developing and implementing public relations, marketing and fundraising plans,” she explained. “This helps to expand the services of the program for children and families in need of services in Randolph, Barbour, Upshur, Tucker, Pocahontas and Lewis counties. I also do community service projects that meet the needs of those in Elkins.”

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