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Kids 'eat their words' in reading program

Newhall Community Center launches new class

Posted: February 24, 2009 1:33 p.m.
Updated: February 24, 2009 10:33 a.m.

The Newhall Community Center is now offering "Eat Your Words," a class specifically designed for Kindergarten through second graders who are struggling with reading.

The class, which will be held Mondays from 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m., is designed to combine books and recipes, allowing for increased reading ability, creativity and exploration.|

With "Eat Your Words," kids are read food-related books and encouraged to take turns reading. When the story ends, class members head to the City Center's kitchen to mix the related recipe's ingredients.

One book selection, titled "Mrs. Hippo's Pizza Parlor," allows children to practice reading before making pizza -- a well-known kid favorite -- and savoring their creation at the end of class.

"The ‘Eat Your Words' program is truly a unique and innovative way to get kids into reading," Santa Clarita City Councilwoman Laurie Ender said. "The staff sees great improvement in the students with each session."

The Newhall Community Center is located at 22421 Market Street, Newhall 91321.

For more information on "Eat Your Words" and other Community Center programs and classes, please contact Julie Calderon, Community Center Supervisor, at 661-286-4006 or or visit


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