Nikki Guthridge

May 19, 2014

Book Mentor Profile: Nikki Guthridge

Nikki Guthridge is volunteer for Illinois Public Media's Book Mentor Project, and also organizes all of PNC's volunteer efforts at Head Start. Keep reading to find out what she loves about it.

The Barr family reading a book together

September 10, 2013

Book Mentor Profile: Raina Dyer-Barr and Jay Barr

Raina and Jay, a husband and wife team, will be book mentors this year in their 5-year-old son Xavier’s class at the Champaign Early Childhood Center. As volunteers with Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project, they will read to the pre-schoolers and do a related activity with them. Keep reading to find out why they're excited about the project.

George Willhite reading to toddlers

August 19, 2013

Book Mentor Profile: George Willhite

After a career as news editor of The Courier and an editor at the American Oil Chemists Society, George Willhite has found enjoyment in retirement by volunteering for Illinois Public Media’s Book Mentor Project for the past six years. Keep reading to find out why he loves it.

Molly Delaney working with Stratton students

May 03, 2013

Teaching Media Literacy

Watch a video of Molly Delaney, educational outreach director at Illinois Public Media, talking about the joys of teaching media literacy to K-5th grade students at Stratton Leadership & Microsociety Magnet School in Champaign, Ill.


Kimberlie Kranich helping student edit video at computer.

January 23, 2013

Helping Students Create School Newscasts

Illinois Public Media's Kimberlie Kranich describes the excitement of teaching students to create newscasts for Stratton Leadership & Microsociety Magnet School in Champaign.

head and shoulders shot of Elizabeth Slifer

January 23, 2013

Carrie Busey Teacher Integrates Technology into Classroom

Experts say that technology in the classroom should be like oxygen—ubiquitous, necessary and invisible. In Elizabeth Slifer’s 4th grade classroom at Carrie Busey Elementary in Savoy, technology—like oxygen—is breathing life into supporting critical thinking, generating ideas, reinforcing information and fostering communication.

January 23, 2013

Jessica Holmes Shares Love of Reading

Jessica Holmes’ mom fostered a love of reading and learning in her daughter, and now Jessica is trying to do the same with the pre-school children in whose class she volunteers as a book mentor.

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