Children's Aid Youth "Read for the Record"

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by Donna Chandler

Children at CAS's Drew Hamilton Day Care participated in Jump Start's "Read for the Record" on October 6, 2011.  This is our third year of participation.  Mrs. Rhoda Carloss-Smith, President of the Black Child Development Institute, New York, Mrs. Nieves Laras, Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) and Volunteer at Drew Hamilton, and Dr. Margaret Caspe read Llama Llama Red Pajama to our children. 

The day started with a breakfast party with children and staff wearing their pajamas and throughout the day children made Llama puppets, Llama ears and had a wonderful parade of marching llamas.

To top off the day, Clifton Oliver, who appeared as Simba in The Lion King on Broadway, visited Drew Hamilton Day Care to perform for our children. 

Mr. Oliver understands developmentally appropriate practices and his session was interactive and engaging that encouraged children to sing and dance along with him.  He stressed the importance of believing in what you want and presented each child with an autographed picture.

It was a special day for everyone!

Photos Courtesy of Donna Chandler.

Photo 1: Rhoda Carloss Smith with Llama Llama Red Pajama.

Photo 2: Margaret Caspe reading in the Green Room.

Photo 3: Clifton Oliver, who appeared as Simba in the The Lion King on Broadway, dancing with the children.