Story hour offers parents time to study

Jill Byerly

PHOTO COURTESY OF JILL BYERLY | DAILY KENT STATER Angelina Williams, 3, and Isaiah Amos, 2, wait to hear the story Clifford’s First Valentine at yesterday’s story hour.

Credit: Adam Griffiths

Children squirmed with delight while searching for Clifford on every page of Clifford’s First Valentine.

Yesterday, the Adult Student Center sponsored its belated Valentine’s Day Story Hour in the Michael Schwartz Center. Parents were invited to come study while their children participated in activities.

The four children who attended enjoyed cookies and juice while Joyce Wall, student adviser and graduate assistant for the Adult Student Center, read Clifford’s tale aloud to them.

“What could be more fun than listening to a children’s book?” Wall asked.

Felicia Mercado, freshman nursing major, came to the story hour to study in peace.

“At my house, I am very occupied by my daughter,” Mercado said. “I just need to be left alone for one hour to study.”

Julie Gareau, academic adviser for the Adult Student Center, brought her 7-year-old son, Tyler Winston, to the event. He participated in the activities and helped the younger children glue down decorations around their pictures.

Erin Amos, freshman pre-med major, and her 2-year-old son Isaiah attended so she could have time for herself to do school work. Amos said as a student parent, she does not have the time to study like she should.

“There is nothing like help when you have little kids,” Wall said. “And that’s what we’re here for.”

Contact student affairs reporter Jill Byerly at [email protected].