Sigma Tau Delta unveils Jungle Readers program

Release Date: March 7, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Members of Wayland Baptist University’s Sigma Tau Delta English honor society performed for students in grades 1-4 at Edgemere Elementary on Thursday afternoon, unveiling a new reader program.

Rita Cox, a member of Sigma Tau Delta, put together the idea of the reader program after members of the recently reformed honor society discussed possible service opportunities to help build an interest in reading among children.

“One of the ideas was going to the library and trying to encourage children to read,” Cox said. “I came up with the idea of having an assembly with fun characters and maybe someone the kids will look up to and just have fun watching. Then we decided to do it in the schools instead of the library.”

The result was Jungle Jordy, played by Grant Jasper, and a tiger, played by Khrystyne Eckerd, who help Rita explain three ways to make reading more fun. The group talks about playing a game in which one person reads a book to another then asks questions. If the person listening answers the questions correctly, they receive a prize. A second way to have fun with reading is finding an audience. The group explained that children can read to their stuffed animals and other toys. The third way was to act out the passages in the book while someone reads them aloud.

The group also handed out forms that encourage kids to read 10 books. Once they complete the form, the children turn it in and receive a coupon for a free cookie from Amigos Supermarket.

“What we are trying to do is get kids more interested in reading and have fun with it,” Cox said.

If other schools would like to have the Sigma Tau Delta group present the program, they may contact Cox at 292-1658, or call Dr. Cindy McClenagan 291-1106.