Children’s Friend Presents Virtual Reading of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with Special Guests

Seventeen community leaders came together to help promote literacy to young readers by inviting families to a video reading event.  


Seventeen community leaders came together to help promote literacy to young readers by inviting families to a virtual reading event.  

Thursday morning at 9 a.m., Children’s Friend Head Start, Pre-K and Child Care online classroom participants had seventeen unexpected guests read from the classic children’s book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. You can watch the full virtual reading here. 

Teachers have always welcomed guest readers into the classroom, but with the switch to online learning due to COVID-19, they’ve been pushed to find new and innovative ways to continue tradition. Children’s Friend coordinated with community leaders to record readings on their phones and send them electronically to be presented in class. 

These guest readers included United States Senator Jack Reed, United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman James Langevin, Congressman David Cicilline, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha, Rhode Island Representative Grace Diaz, Secretary of the RI Executive Office of Health and Human Services Womazetta Jones, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Pare, Chief of Police Colonel Hugh T. Clements, Jr., Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg, and United Way President and CEO Cortney Nicolato. 

President and CEO of Children’s Friend, David Caprio, says, “We are fortunate to have so many people who are invested in the success of our children. This year, we get to share their enthusiastic contributions to our annual reading event with the community too.” 

 

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