Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward recently participated in the Read Across America Day at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School to celebrate the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. He read from Dr. Seuss’s books to the second and third-grade students of Vickie Wampler and Jeanette Yonts.
MJP reading coach Wendy Mullins and Family Resource coordinator Teresa Branham hosted Judge Ward and others from the community who participated in the event.
It is important to see prominent members of the community take time out of their schedules to come and read to impressionable minds, said MJP Principal Linda Hall.
The first book read by Ward was “Oh The Places You’ll Go”. “You’ve got brains in your head, and feet in your shoes, and you can go wherever you chose,” he read to the students. Ward stressed the importance of reading and how essential it is to modern life. “If you can read, you can do anything you want in this world,” he told the students.
In addition to talking about the importance of reading, Ward also asked students how many of them recycled at home and talked about recycling and how it affects the environment and the county budget. He encouraged the students to have their parents use blue garbage bags to recycle.
A student asked Ward, “Are you like Judge Judy?” The question allowed Ward to explain the role of the county judge and how important reading is to his job.