‘Reading To Lead’ at Forest Park Center
3/8/2017, 3:10 p.m.
Terrance Rogers opened the book and turned to the first page. The four small children looked at him, waiting. Rogers began. “At the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows,” he said, reading the first two lines of “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. Rogers, 18, of Sauk Village, Ill., is enrolled at the Joliet Job Corps Center and earning a high school diploma while also pursuing a career in the security industry. And that was the beginning of the Joliet Job Corps Center’s Reading To Lead event on March 1 at the Forest Park Community Center, 1017 Woodruff Road in Joliet.
Rogers and Bobbie Johnson, 18, of Lockport, another Joliet Job Corps Center student, had come to the community center to read books to the preschool class.
Reading To Lead is a companion event to Read Across America Day, which is held annually in March. To promote reading comprehension at the Joliet Job Corps Center, academic instructor Michelle Cvitanovich has organized a weekly book club.