Regent Reads Celebrates Heroes
Though school is out for many children in the Hampton Roads community, their
opportunity to learn is still in full session during the summer months.
On Tuesday, July 1, the Regent University Library launched its fourth year of
Regent Reads: a weekly story time series for children ages 5-9 throughout the
month of July.
"Regent University Library's summer reading program is a
great opportunity to share our love of books, reading and storytelling with
children in the local community," said Dr. Sara Baron, dean of the University
Library. "By featuring heroes from the Bible and heroes from today, we are able
to celebrate Christ's work through people such as Noah, David and Moses."
In addition to teaching the community's young learners about Biblical
heroes of the Old Testament, Regent Reads will also guide students through
learning about modern-day heroes such as teachers, farmers and military
For the inaugural Regent Reads of the season, Regent's own
heroes, Eric Harrell, associate professor for the School of Communication &
the Arts, and Sam Brownell, lead maintenance specialist, read the stories of
Noah's Ark by Katherine Sully and Let's Meet a Veterinarian by
The animal-friendly stories came to life for Regent
Reads participants with the help of Jessie Comba, youth program director for the
Virginia Beach SPCA, and her furry kitten-friend, Marxy.
Comba, who has
worked with the SPCA for two years, shared little-known facts about animals, and
relished the ability to be able to teach children about her passionate care for
"I think it's important for them to learn respect and compassion
and responsibility for animals and also for their peers and their friends," said
Comba. "Taking care of a pet shows them that you have to treat others, not just
yourself, with kindness."
Aimee Byman and her three children,
second-year Regent Reads participants, enjoyed Comba's special visit. Byman
explained that as the parent of home-schooled children, she is thankful for
Regent's contribution to her children's activities.
"Having a program
that is God-focused is really important to us," said Byman. "It's nice to come
here and have stories and interactions that are centered on Christ."
That, ultimately, is what Baron hopes will keep participants and their
families returning year after year.
"While we strive to pique
participants' interest in books, stories and professions shared, our biggest
goal with the summer reading program is that the children and their families
will be blessed during their time at Regent University," said Baron.
This free series will continue every Tuesday at 10 a.m. throughout the
month of July at the University Library.
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