Women’s group fights to encourage education

Women’s group fights to encourage education
Kids gather around at previous Stories in the Forest event.

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -Encouraging education through imagination. That’s the practice of a group of local ladies who want to instill a love of reading with Region 8 children.

The St. Bernards Women’s Council is sponsoring the program, “Stories in the Forest.”

This program not only gives parents quality time with their children, but also exposes kids to the favorite books of local residents.

The Women’s Council currently has around 120 women who have joined forces to create an advisory role and give input on healthcare issues that impact both women and children.

Chair of the Women’s Council Joanne Woodward said they want to make a positive difference in the community.

"The mission of the St. Bernards Women's Council is to serve women and children in Northeast Arkansas,” Woodward said. “Without a doubt, encouraging children to read and teaching them the value of books is in line with that mission. Having parents and family members participate in that endeavor is a benefit to the children as well as our community."

Education is just one area the members strive to help.

They also work to aide and encourage service outreach efforts that help make Jonesboro a better place to live.

Fara Moore, reading specialist for Valley View Intermediate Center, will be the reader at Stories in the Forest on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m.

Pic of Fara Moore, Reading Specialist for Valley View Intermediate Center (Source: St. Bernards)
Pic of Fara Moore, Reading Specialist for Valley View Intermediate Center (Source: St. Bernards) ((Source: St. Bernards))

Moore’s book of choice will be “Piggy Pie” by Margie Palatini.

It takes place in the St. Bernards Fun Forest inside the Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro.

The event is free and open to the public.

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