Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo education students teach area children literacy skills, while gaining valuable job experience, at the annual Education Express.

Activities SaturdayEducation ExpressMembers of the Education Student Advising Committee (EDSAC) will host the free event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at Sycamore Elementary School, 1600 E. Sycamore St., Kokomo.

In addition to gaining experience writing and teaching lessons, EDSAC President Tiffany Herrera said education students also are learning about the importance of giving back to the community through this activity.

"You want the community to see that you value their children, not only those in your classroom, but all of them," she said. "People want to trust and respect the people who are teaching their children."

Future teachers will lead activities at more than 20 educational booths.

"We developed and will teach activities the children can do at home, with resources they likely already have, to grow their reading skills," Herrera said. "We want to use the teaching skills we've learned at IU Kokomo to help with literacy, which is a big issue in education right now."

Activities are geared to children pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, and siblings of children in that age range are also welcome. Each child who completes at least 12 stations will receive a prize.

"Our goal is that every child who attends will leave with a book," Herrera said.

Each child must be accompanied by an adult. In addition to the educational activities, there will be police and fire trucks for the children to see, face painting, science experiments, and free pizza.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.