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CFNC Goes on a Bearhunt with Good Shepherd Christian Academy
CFNC Goes on a Bearhunt with Good Shepherd Christian Academy

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On Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 32 preschoolers at The Child and Family Network Centers’ (CFNC) Arlington classrooms were visited by third and fourth graders from Good Shepherd Christian Academy in Fairfax, VA. As part of Good Shepherd’s Serve-a-Thon, their students read stories, much to the delight of CFNC preschoolers.

 

The activity was beneficial for all involved. Good Shepherd students served their community, while furthering a key component of CFNC’s curriculum, which has a strong focus on nurturing a love of reading for students and their families.  80% of CFNC children come from families that speak English as a second language, 75% of students’ parents have not completed high school, and 100% are eligible for free/reduced-price meals by USDA standards.  Reading is so critical to this population of preschoolers because it promotes English literacy, imagination, creativity and curiosity for the world around them. CFNC encourages parents to read at home through lending libraries in each classroom.  Last year, CFNC’s 175 students checked out more than 6,000 books.

 

The most exciting part of the visit was the grand finale during which Good Shepherd students staged a performance of Michael Rosen's award-winning read-aloud story, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.”  CFNC students were thrilled as they followed the adventure of a father and his four young children. 

 

CFNC Lead Teacher, Leidy Rivera, noted: “What a treat.  Good Shepherd students were so animated and engaging.  Our students love having the “big kids” visit and interact with them. We would welcome Good Shepherd Academy back in our classrooms anytime!”