WSU Family Literacy Program Honors Utah’s First Lady

OGDEN, Utah – For her emphasis and hard work in promoting family literacy, the Weber State Literacy Program will honor Utah first lady Jeanette Herbert with its first ever “Friend of Family Literacy” award on April 21.

The event will be held at the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum, 347 E. 22nd St. Ogden, from 6:30 – 7 p.m., and Hebert will make a brief presentation to the families in the program beginning at 6:45. She is currently the honorary chair of the governor's commission on literacy, and is highly involved in the "Read with a Child" project.

The WSU Family Literacy Program and the Treehouse Museum provide unique and important resources for less-privileged families to interact with their children in literacy activities. The vast majority of the 100 families involved annually in the program live near or below the poverty level.

“The major focus of the program is to train the parents of Head Start children to be more engaged in literacy activities with their children,” said Paul Schvaneveldt, program director and WSU child and family studies professor. “Outcomes of the program demonstrate major improvements in the parents’ daily literacy activities with their children, significant improvements in the child’s literacy activities, positive parenting practices such as the establishment of routines and appropriate discipline, and most importantly creating a special time for reading each day.”

The WSU Family Literacy program is a partnership between the Department of Child and Family Studies at Weber State University, the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership (Head Start), the Elizabeth Stewart Treehouse Museum, Deseret Industries, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and the UBS Bank Foundation.

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