Roll n’ Read Program Teaches Throughout City

Jamestown firefighter Phil Genco, center, reads aloud for children and parents participating in the Roll n’ Read tour through downtown Jamestown. P-J photo by Eric Zavinski

“One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry,” Jamestown Firefighter Phil Genco read aloud from “Jamberry,” a children’s book, as he and Marshall from “Paw Patrol” energized pre-K youth to love learning.

This berry-filled spot of wordplay was one of many stops on a Roll n’ Read tour organized by Parents as Teachers and the Jamestown Community Learning Council. Several parents, chaperones and their children walked from location to location, learning more from a new community volunteer at every place they visited.

“It encompasses the whole family, even needs of families,” chaperone Janelle Paulson said of the Parents as Teachers program. “Family well-being, parent-child interaction and getting them ready for school.”

Paulson emphasized that the Roll n’ Read event encourages both reading education and physical activity at a young age.

Genco said the firefighters have been volunteering to read books for the Roll n’ Read event for a few years. Paulson added that this year’s event had a greater turnout than previous events. Stops on the Roll n’ Read tour included the National Comedy Center and Winter Garden Plaza.

Jamestown YWCA universal pre-K student Jesenya Beebe poses with Marshall from “Paw Patrol” during the Roll n’ Read event hosted by the Jamestown Community Learning Council and Parents as Teachers. P-J photo by Eric Zavinski

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