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Cumberlands President Reads to Whitley East Students


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Thursday, March 8th, University of the Cumberlands (UC) President Dr. James H. Taylor traveled to Whitley East Elementary School in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Dr. Taylor was invited to read to the students and explain the importance of reading as part of Dr. Seuss Week.

“It’s my pleasure to have Dr. Taylor come visit Whitley East,” said Principle Jason Faulkner. “We are fortunate to be able to show students the importance of literacy and having Cumberlands President present this message to students’ will help reinforce it.”

President Taylor visited with Ms. Ann Wohlfarth’s third grade class. Before he started reading, however, the discussion was on other important concepts. Dr. Taylor talked to the students about having dreams and goals, the importance of reading on a regular basis, and why you should always think of others. Then the class was given the opportunity to share with him what they dream of doing when they grow up.

To wrap up the visit with the children Dr. Taylor read, “If I Ran a Zoo” by Dr. Seuss as the students listened on and looked at the pictures.

“I wanted the students’ to have an opportunity to interact with leaders in the community, especially from the college,” said Wohlfarth. “This provides my students with a great opportunity to meet people they otherwise wouldn’t have but also shows the students that their dreams are obtainable.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.