New Members Love Operation Early Reading

Barb Schafer
Paula Whitelaw
The Spring OER Reader Program was held over two days; April 11 and April 25.

Volunteers included Meg Cooper, Patty DeWitt, Pat Ember, Heather Laughman, Jamie Marucha, Becky Moats, Marie Raffl, Barb Schafer, Teri VanDerlaan, Sandra Ver Beek, Paula Whitelaw, Carol Yee and Phyllis Young.

Our volunteers included long time members, new members and soon to become members!

We read three books:  From Head to Toe by Eric Carle, Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand and Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr to 11 classes within District 105 Preschool and Head Start at Ideal School in Countryside, Spring School in La Grange and Congress Park School in Brookfield.  The corresponding activities included a board game, flash cards, coloring and a special game led by Patty DeWitt.

Touch your nose, touch your chin,
That’s the way this game begins.
Touch your eyes, touch your knees,
Now pretend you’re going to sneeze.


Touch your hair, touch one ear,
Touch your two red lips right here.
Touch your elbows where they bend,
That’s the way this touch game ends


Phyllis wrote to Beth Reynolds, Preschool Learning Coordinator “…Beth, all of us appreciated your hospitality. We've never been treated so well with a special room for our use throughout the day, the coffee and Kirschbaum's.  I especially appreciated your help bringing in the books with the cart first thing in the morning. You are spoiling us!”

Beth replied, “Thanks for your kind words!  We are the ones who should be thanking you for the great experience our students received yesterday!  My teachers had very positive comments regarding the reading program.  The kids seemed to be very engaged and they loved having a book to take home!”

--Submitted by Phyllis Young 
Photos by Phyllis Young and Marie Raffl


Sandra Ver Beek

Barb Schafer

Heather Laughman, Barb Schafer, Carol Yee, Phyllis Young, Becky Moats and Sandra Ver Beek

Paula Whitelaw

Jamie Marucha


Meg Cooper

 Sandra Ver Beek

Barb Schafer

Phyllis Young

Meg Cooper

Jamie Marucha

Barb Schafer


Marie Raffl

Becky Moats


Heather Laughman

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