Muhlenberg Job Corps Center

Read To Lead Successful Again For the Third Year in a Row

March 11th, 2019

Vicki Yonts, Program Manager of the Felix E. Martin Jr. Foundation, directed another successful Read to Lead event for Muhlenberg County. Vicki and staff teamed up with several businesses, along with community leaders, to support the importance of the need for our youth to read.

The event uses Dr. Seuss’ birthday as a day to promote reading across America. The day started with the Dr. Seuss characters, Thing One & Thing 2, reading Oh, The Places You’ll Go at Depot Gifts and then at Corner Fashions in Central City. The main event took place at the Muhlenberg County courthouse.  The Lorax, Cat in the Hat, Horton, Thing One & Thing 2 stood out front welcoming the community to come inside for books and treats. Once inside the courthouse, the children would visit each community leader’s office for a free book and a treat. The offices that participated were the offices of Judge Ex. Curtis McGehee, Sheriff Ricki Allen, Mayor Jan Yonts, County Clerk Crystal Smith, County Attorney Ryan Rice, Coroner Larry Vincent, and PVA Belinda Mckinney.

Read to Lead brought through 206 adults and 277 children for a total of 483 people in two hours. The event gave away nearly 1,700 books. This would not have happened if not for some amazing sponsors of the event. Some of those sponsors were SOAR, Lu-Ray Park, Pennyroyal Prevention Center, First Steps Head Start, Muhlenberg Count Health Department/Hands, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, UK Extension Office, Depot Gifts & Corner Fashions and Muhlenberg County Library.

For the third year in a row, Muhlenberg Job Corps has helped with the Dr. Seuss characters. Muhlenberg Job Corps brings students to wear the costumes and interact with the community. Brian Hancock, Muhlenberg Job Corps BCL, said it was enjoyable to see all the little children running up and smiling wanting a picture with all the characters. Muhlenberg Job Corps thought its students did a tremendous job and are looking forward to the event next year. Staff involved were Brian Hancock and Ashley Thompson, who is an academic instructor. Students involved: Abraham Wrigley, Kayla Sharpenberg, Natalie Rolley, Tiarra Talley, Anatoliy Sweet, Catalaya Ramirez, Joshua Kimbrew, Destiny Douglas ,Paris Balford, Darious Sharps and Elijah Taybron.