On a snowy Saturday morning, 35 children got free books, pancakes, and an opportunity to talk with Santa Claus at Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14, at Proviso East High School.
The breakfast, sponsored by the Proviso East chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS), was designed to promote literacy at home, said Ms. Ashley Glickman, a Proviso East English teacher and sponsor of the Proviso East chapter of NHS. Each child who attended received a free breakfast, a picture with Santa, and five books. All parents also received a free breakfast along with strategies and ideas to help promote reading in the home.
"The children ranged from ages 0 to 4 to the oldest group of 13-year-olds, all of whom we reached with different literacy strategies," Ms. Glickman said. "It was designed for every grade level."
During the event, children and their parents took photos with Santa Claus, ate pancakes, and read books with guests including Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. Dr. Collins-Hart said that Breakfast with Santa will help to encourage children to read throughout their time in school and beyond.
"Literacy is a skill that everyone needs to have, regardless of what career they may decide to have," she said. ""By encouraging children to develop a love of reading at an early age, they have a better chance of succeeding in school and in life. I commend the National Honor Society at Proviso East for hosting this literacy event."
The event would not have been possible without the support of sponsors who contributed more than 400 books to be given out. The Proviso East NHS chapter and District 209 wishes to thank First Book, Book Worm Angels, Books 4 Cause, McDonald's, Target, the Thomas Ford Library, and the Maywood Public Library for their generosity and support.