Ranch Reflections are articles written by students who want to share their experiences, thoughts, and concerns. This is a great opportunity for students to branch out beyond traditional news stories.  This edition features a “Mustang Ahead” staff member’s experiences with the school’s senior class “Kiddie Lit” program.

Rachel Latka- Mustangs Ahead

Reflections icon (2)(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last Friday the LRHS senior class traveled to William H. Bashaw Elementary School to read and play with the children as part of the school’s annual “Kiddie Lit” program.

“Kiddie Lit” is a senior exit project officially called, “Winnie the Pooh and Shakespeare, Too.” Seniors were required to write and illustrate children’s books in order to graduate. Once they completed their books, they went to the elementary school.

Senior Kira Burch enjoyed the trip.

”I had so much fun at Kiddie Lit! It was a really awesome experience to be able to read our own books to the elementary school children,” she said.

Young children benefit from reading and the activities helped them more easily understand the concepts in the LRHS books.

The children asked questions and wanted to learn more about the book my partner and I wrote. I bonded together very well, and I would love to read to them again.

My “Kiddie Lit” experience taught me many things about children and the influence of reading . I’ve learned that children enjoy being read to and they like learning new concepts.  I will read to my own children because now I have seen for myself how beneficial it is to read to children.

As an outgoing senior, I would tell the upcoming seniors that enthusiastic participation in this project is everything. Participation is the most important part in this project and the amount of effort that you put into this project will determine your final grade and  whether you will graduate or not.

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