Yale students join New Haven Reads for story time

Yale students and schoolchildren on the floor, writing
Yale students (clockwise from top) Abigail Hopkins ’20 of Saybrook College, Erin Gerardo ’21 of Timothy Dwight College, and Mira Patel ’20 of Timothy Dwight College share stories about families with children in the New Haven Reads program. (Photo by Hayley Herrington for New Haven Reads)

Just before the Thanksgiving recess, students in the undergraduate writing seminar “(Re)Defining Family” spent time with local schoolchildren in the New Haven Reads kindergarten program. In keeping with their course topic, the Yale College students selected picture books about different aspects of family — from P.D. Eastman’s “Are You My Mother?” to Pat Mora’s “A Birthday Basket for Tia” — to read to the kindergartners. The youngsters and undergraduates then drew pictures of their own families and shared stories and snacks.

Yale students and New Haven Reads schoolchildren reading together
Donovan Slater ’21 of Benjamin Franklin College (background) and Grant Neagli ’21 of Trumbull College draw pictures of family life with the youngsters. (Photo by Hayley Herrington for New Haven Reads)

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