Posted on Aug 8, 2013 in Alumni News and News
The youngest members of the KU Alumni Association were invited to participate in a reading challenge in July– a time of the year when academic endeavors are probably not top of mind for most young students.
Future Jayhawks— kids from birth to high-school graduation– received a special delivery in their mailboxes this summer: A log sheet with a note that encouraged younger children to read (or have read to them) 31 books and older kids to read for 31 hours over the 31 days of the month.
Megan Toth, d’11, alumni programs coordinator, has wanted to incorporate a reading campaign into the Future Jayhawks program since she began working with the program last year. “We are trying to promote academic involvement during the summer,” she said.
So far, 141 Future Jayhawks of all ages– like 15-month-old Adelaide, daughter of Lorie, b’02 and Vince Weston, c’98– have turned in completed reading sheets. That translates to more than 4,000 books read in July and more than 26,000 minutes (or 430 hours) of reading! Program participants received a certificate and a Jayhawk gift after submitting their reading sheet.
If your Future Jayhawk completed the summer reading challenge, don’t forget to send in their sheet! To sign up your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews for the program so they can participate in future activities like this, visit www.kualumni.org/futurejayhawks.