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BYU President to Finger Paint with Preschool Children


The Tuesday agenda of the Brigham Young University president includes one event that may be a little messier than the rest — finger painting.

Kevin J Worthen, BYU president, along with Mary Anne Prater, McKay School of Education dean, and Michael Tunnell, Teacher Education Department chair, have accepted the invitation to participate in a statewide finger painting challenge as part of The Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration of young learners.

Worthen, Prater, and Tunnell will finger paint side by side with preschoolers from the BYU Child and Family Studies Laboratory Tuesday morning.

The BYU community can participate in the finger painting challenge and in other activities that illustrate the importance of early childhood education at booths between the Y-Serve office and the Cougareat in the Wilkinson Student Center on Tuesday, April 14 from noon to 3 p.m.

The Week of the Young Child is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This year the Utah division of the NAEYC is joining with statewide higher education institutions as well as early childhood organizations to fulfill the theme of this commemorative week, which is to “celebrate our youngest learners.”

The challenge kicked off at the annual Utah Early Childhood Conference, when author Richard Paul Evans challenged Weber State University President Charles Wight to participate. Wight proceeded to challenge all university presidents and education deans throughout Utah.

The Utah Association for the Education of Young Children hopes to have more than 25,000 leaders and citizens join the finger painting challenge to call attention to the importance of caring for young children.

Writer: Lindsey Williams

Contact: Cynthia Glad (801) 422-1922