Adventures in Reading

October 5th, 2010

Jan and I recently had an opportunity to read to children at the Vivian Olum Child Development Center on campus. We love kids, and we know how important reading is to their development.

It’s great fun watching their young minds work as you read to them, and the way they throw themselves into the stories with such fascination is magic. A few of my favorite moments from the visit are captured on this video.

The University of Oregon recognized the importance of early childhood education when it opened the development center in 1996. The center was named for Vivian Olum, a UO associate professor of counseling psychology who died of cancer in 1986 at the age of 63. It carries out her legacy by providing a year-round child-care program – and much more – for the families of UO faculty, staff and students, along with families from the community as space is available.

The Olum Center also serves students and faculty in the UO’s education and early childhood development programs, by providing plenty of opportunities for first-hand experience and research.

Our visit confirmed for me that this is what we do so well and so often at the UO – we serve our communities, students, faculty and staff. And we have fun doing it.

« Back to Blog Home