Students with the Head Start program gathered at Taylorsville High this week for a celebration of reading.
The Road to Success program gets kids across Utah excited about reading by offering fun incentives for those who meet reading goals.
"We have food, we have fun activities," said Bacall Hincks, parent engagement coordinator for Head Start. "We have entertainment here, Native American dancers, Hispanic dancers. We have a drum circle that kids can participate in. Face painting. All sorts of fun stuff that they can do."
But those fun activities are designed to teach kids valuable lessons about reading.
"Kids get to come, get a free book, get a story read to them," said Hincks.
Organizers and parents say the hard work of Road to Success activities pays off.
"I have two children who had speech issues and they have now graduated and are now ready to start kindergarten without any speech problems," said Tahja Stettler, a mother of four.
For more information about the Road to Success program and its free activities, visit www.kengarffroad.com.