Books needed for preschool readers

LISBON – A preschool reading program led by speech pathologist Tiffany Kaiser provides free storybooks to Salem youngsters and information for their parents about how to use them to help their children overcome speech issues.

Kaiser presented her program Monday to the Columbiana County Educational Service Center board, noting it started with two boxes of donated books, but with support she is attempting to expand the program. Besides promoting bonding between a child and parent, reading together develops listening skills, vocabulary and ignites a love of reading.

The board accepted some donations from local businesses, some of which have donated incentives to help draw more parents to attend the program. Donations were accepted from Promos Unlimited, Edible Arrangements, Ice Cream Parlor, Giant Eagle, East of Chicago Pizza, Sandra Kuntz and Meledy Dawson.

Kaiser said while she works with Salem preschoolers, there are other speech pathologists working at other county schools wanting to duplicate the programs also. Those interested in donating books or incentives to the program can bring them to the ESC offices on Saltwell Road in Lisbon.

The ESC board also met in executive session near the end of the meeting, discussing charges or complaints against a public employee. No action was taken and the employee was not named.

In other matters:

– Sick leave was granted to DeAnna Griswold, Nancy Shipley and Meledy Dawson.

– Student teacher assignments from Youngstown State University were approved for Allison Kovachik, Jessica Morley and Corey Yoakam.

– The recycling of disposable cell phones with GRC Wireless was approved, noting there will be a contribution of up to $30 per donated phone which will go to Operation Gratitude.

– A $200 anonymous donation was approved for John Klem’s classroom at the county Career and Technical Center.