Charlotte Rose Smith Reads 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Photo caption: Charlotte Rose Smith finished reading 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, pictured here with her mother, Bethany Smith, and grandmother, Joanne Smith at the Richmond County Public Library in Warsaw, Virginia.

Charlotte Rose Smith Reads 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Warsaw, VA —Charlotte Rose Smith, age 4, is the first child at the Richmond County Public Library at Rappahannock Community College’s Warsaw campus to complete the library’s 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Charlotte Rose is the daughter of Bethany and Jonathan Smith of Urbanna. Bethany teaches at the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School at RCC. Every book was logged that was read aloud to Charlotte Rose or that she read herself. “The Bunny Kindergarten” was number 1000.

The Richmond County Library became an affiliate of the national 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program in 2017 and has approximately 121 children participating locally. The program is designed to help parents and caregivers give their young children the confidence to become strong readers and successful in school and life.

Achieving milestones, such as 100 books read, 200 books read, etc., each child’s photo is added to the library’s children’s room wall and posted on the Richmond County Public Library Facebook page. Local merchants such as Michelle’s Sweet Treats, T&J’s Dairy Barn, the Thomas Store, the Handy Store, Northern Neck Burger, The Daily, and the Northern Neck Popcorn Bag have donated small prizes for each 100 books read.

About Rappahannock Community College

Rappahannock Community College, established in 1970, serves Virginia’s Northern Neck, Middle Peninsula and surrounding areas. RCC is home to multiple associate degrees and certificate programs, as well as robust and varied Workforce offerings. RCC has been named a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education since 2015. The College will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020.


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