Geneva, N.Y. – Hobart and William Smith Colleges' President Mark D. Gearan and CBS White House correspondent Bill Plante will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, written and illustrated by Eric Carle, to children at Geneva's Head Start on Tuesday, April 3.
Gearan and Plante agreed to read as a part of the “Ready to Read” project, which highlights a different children's book each week. The program invites parents and visitors from the community to read the book of the week to classes at Head Start. Copies of each book are given to the 85 children in the program to take home. By the end of the year, each child will have acquired more than 30 new books to keep and reread.
The Education Coordinator at Head Start Jane Gerling said that the program has been very successful since its inception in 1999.
“We're helping families build a good selection of children's books in their homes. Children take their books home and everywhere else they travel, asking their parents and other family members to read to them,” Gerling said. “To have Mark Gearan and Bill Plante take time out of their schedules to read to our students is encouraging. It helps call attention to the value of our program.”
Plante will be in Geneva participating in Gearan's President's Forum Series on Monday, April 2. The forum is open to the public and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Plante, a three-time Emmy Award winner, will present a lecture titled, “Covering the President of the United States.” A veteran CBS reporter, Plante began his White House correspondent duties in 1993 after covering the 1992 presidential campaign. Plante can be seen regularly on the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and also CBS News' “This Morning.”
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