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Piedmont Tech Early Care and Education Hosts Literacy Event

April 7, 2016

Piedmont Technical College’s early care and education program (ECD) recently hosted “Growing Literacy,” an event to promote literacy for nearly 100 area preschoolers from Lifetime Discoveries, Children’s Courtyard and Learning Vine.

The annual event came about because of the ECD Club’s involvement in past Literacy Alive events. When that event was discontinued, the students wanted to continue to introduce literacy to preschool students in the community.

“There aren’t a lot of events for preschoolers. Most activities cater to school-age children,” said Ashley Hollingsworth, program director for ECD. “We want to promote the importance of preschool and school-readiness, getting them ready to read before they enter school.”

The event was planned and implemented by students in the ECD program and each aspect of the day utilized the concepts taught in various classes. The preschoolers participated in a variety of activities including an interactive read-a-loud, math games, songs with movement and planting and creating their own flower. Each child also received a free book provided by funds raised by the ECD.

“It was a good learning experience for our students and the children,” said Hollingsworth. “A lot of our students will begin clinicals in the fall and it was a good experience to get them working with children prior to going into those facilities.”

For more information on the ECD program, contact Hollingsworth at (864) 941-8787 or hollingsworth.a@ptc.edu.

Photo Caption: Piedmont Technical College’s early care and education program (ECD) recently hosted “Growing Literacy,” an event to promote literacy for nearly 100 area preschoolers. Pictured, Laura Ulmer of Chapin teaches math skills using a flower with preschoolers from Lifetime Discoveries.