"Reading is a collaborative effort of family and school," said Spencer Shaw at a READING IS FUNDAMENTAL parent workshop held over the weekend at the Salt Lake City Library. "Both provide a `wonder of curiosity' which is set in a foundation of literature for children."
Shaw, professor emeritus at the University of Washington's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, delivered the keynote address to more than 250 parents, grandparents and educators. The workshop was titled "Growing Up Reading."Sessions also were held on reading in the home emphasizing a conducive environment, selection criteria and combining reading with writing as a correlation to language development.
Two student winners of RIF motivational programs also were honored. Ben Moore, Rolling Meadows Elementary, Granite District, received an honorable mention for his poster promoting reading. His art work was one of 450,000 submitted in the RIF contest. Seven-year-old Stephanie Vigil, a student at the Guadalupe Early Childhood Center, was recognized as the seventh runner-up among thousands of participants in the "In Celebration of Reading" contest.
"It is quite an honor to make these awards," said Mary Haggerty, RIF national program specialist, "because Utah has only 13 programs of the 3,100 in the nation."