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Head Start reading event to honor Kaylee Sawyer’s memory


KK Readers, a foundation in memory of Kaylee Sawyer, will honor Ms. Sawyer’s birthday next Thursday at an event that will benefit the children of NeighborImpact’s Head Start Program.

Sawyer shared her birthday with Dr. Seuss and, like Dr. Seuss, she was passionate about children and wanted to be a teacher.

“Kaylee was at Bright Beginnings as a preschool student years ago and some staff who worked with her at Bright Beginnings are now employees of NeighborImpact Head Start. Her family wants to provide a book to each child in Head Start on her birthday each year to honor her remembrance,” said Kim Snow, associate director of NeighborImpact Head Start.

“Kaylee’s family has been collaborating with NeighborImpact for a few months on how to get a new book into the homes of our children and families. The goal is to provide 500 copies of ‘Oh the Places You Will Go’ by Dr. Seuss.”

Volunteers close to the family will be coming to every Head Start classroom in Deschutes and Crook counties to read the book and donate it to classroom libraries, and provide one book to each child to take home.

NeighborImpact Head Start is having a “pajama-themed” day at every site and serving green eggs and ham!

NeighborImpact Head Start has 24 classrooms and currently enrolls 451 children in Crook and Deschutes counties who will benefit from this event. Head Start serves children and families meeting the poverty guidelines and often children do not have home libraries of books.

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