April 12, 2019

City Officials Promote Reading, Early Childhood Education During Reading Series Events

Assistant Police Chief Don Hedrick reads to YMCA children as part of Week of the Young Child activities. Assistant Police Chief Don Hedrick reads to YMCA children as part of Week of the Young Child activities. (City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

Several City officials have been reading to YMCA children as part of a month-long reading series promoting reading and early childhood education.

   Mayor Steve Allender, Fire Chief Rod Seals, Council member Darla Drew and Assistant Police Chief Don Hedrick have taken turns reading books to various YMCA child care groups and spending time with them.  Other speakers to be featured include Finance Officer Pauline Sumption, Council member Laura Armstrong and Police Chief Karl Jegeris.

   In April, Mayor Steve Allender proclaimed April 8-12 as The Week of the Young Child in Rapid City.  Below is the proclamation:

Executive Proclamation

Rapid City, South Dakota

Office of the Mayor

WHEREAS, Early Childhood Connections and the Black Hills Association for the Education of Young Children, along with other local organizations and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, are celebrating the Week of the Young Child™, April 8-12, 2019; and

WHEREAS, The purpose of the “Week of the Young Child™,” is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs; and

WHEREAS, Early childhood organizations work to promote and inspire high quality early childhood experiences for our youngest citizens, that can provide a foundation of learning and success; and

WHEREAS, The Week of the Young Child™, is a time to thank and recognize our early childhood educators that care for and educate our young children; and

WHEREAS, Public policies that support early learning for all young children are crucial to young children’s futures; and

NOW, Therefore, I, Steve Allender, Mayor of Rapid City, do hereby proclaim April 8-12, 2019, as           

The Week of the Young Child

In Rapid City and encourage all citizens to work to make a good investment in early childhood.

                                                                        IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Steve Allender,                                                                                    Mayor of the City of Rapid City, South Dakota,                                                                                do hereby affix my official signature and the                                                                                                 Official Seal of the City of Rapid City, South                                                                                                 Dakota, on this 11th day of April, 2019.

                      

                                                                       _______________________________

                                                                                             Steve Allender, Mayor

                                                                       Rapid City, South Dakota

 

    

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