Governor Bob Taft has
recognized the Butler County Engineer's Office for its employees'
participation in the OhioReads program and helping kindergarten
through fourth grade students improve their reading skills. "The
OhioReads program is a great opportunity for community members
to give back," said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens.
"We are proud of our employees for their dedication to helping
young minds and giving their personal time to such an important
BCEO employees who
regularly participate in the program are Lora Brooks, Ron Harp,
and Amy Pursley. Each spend roughly an hour a week reading one-on-one
with students at Cleveland Elementary School in the Hamilton
City School District. "We find it to be very rewarding and
the students enthusiastically look forward to that time we spend
with them each week," said Harp, who has participated in
the program for three years.
OhioReads is Governor
Taft's major education initiative to improve the reading skills
of Ohio's kindergarten through fourth grade students so they
can read at grade level before leaving elementary school. A partnership
of schools, businesses, community organizations, libraries, parents,
educators and students working together to improve reading skills,
the OhioReads program brings volunteers into the classroom to
serve as reading tutors to elementary school students. The initiative
was created by the first piece of legislation Governor Taft signed
upon taking office in 1999.
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For more information contact:
Petrocy, BCEO Public
Wilkens, P.E., P.S.,
Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 Fax 513.867.5849