CSM trustee shares her love of books

Walthour is Celebrity Reader at the St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter

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Stu­dents at­tend­ing the St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land were treated to lo­cal celebrity reader Dr. Jan­ice T. Walthour on April 21 as part of Na­tional Po­etry Month.

Walthour read se­lec­tions from “Honey, I Love and other Love Po­ems” by Eloise Green­field, and se­lected pieces by Ar­tie Knapp and Laura E. Richards as well as her own po­etry of “Gosh Josh” and “Shout Sis­ter Lizzie,” ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from CSM.

Ap­pointed to the CSM Board of Trustees in 2007, Walthour is a life­long res­i­dent of St. Mary’s County and grad­u­ated from Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton High School in 1968 when it was one of two pub­lic high schools for black stu­dents in the county. She re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion from Mor­gan State Univer­sity, a mas­ter’s de­gree from Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity, and a doc­tor­ate in ad­min­is­tra­tion and su­per vi­sion from Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity, Fort Laud­erdale, Fla.

“I’ve loved po­etry since I was a child. We would sit around on Sun­days at my grand­mother’s and my un­cles and aunts would present their fa­vorite po­etry and mu­sic,” said Walthour, who added that she writes po­etry to honor fam­ily and friends for their birth­days, an­niver­saries and other life cel­e­bra­tions.

Walthour in­tro­duced chil­dren to the con­cept that po­etry en­com­passes mu­sic as they sang Mother Goose rhymes and “This Lit­tle Light of Mine.”

“It was won­der­ful to see their in­ter­est and en­ergy,” she said. “We moved, we talked, we shared ex­pe­ri­ences.”

The St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter was es­tab­lished to pro­vide CSM stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff, as well as com­mu­nity mem­bers, qual­ity, child-cen­tered care. The cen­ter en­hances the lives of chil­dren, their fam­i­lies and the greater South­ern Mary­land com­mu­nity. The cen­ter, which opened in 2006 with 20 stu­dents ages 8 weeks to 4 years old, now of­fers care for more than 100 stu­dents from ages 8 weeks to 12 years old.

Lo­cated on CSM’s La Plata cam­pus, the cen­ter of­fers 10,000 square feet of learn­ing space in­clud­ing nine child-cen­tered class­rooms, a gym­na­sium and prep kitchen. In ad­di­tion, the cen­ter has its own pri­vate land­scaped play­ground and ac­cess to the cam­pus grounds. For in­for­ma­tion on the St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter, go to www.csmd.edu/ clc/.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

CSM Trustee Jan­ice T. Walthour is sur­rounded by St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter stu­dents as she re­cites her poem “Shout Sis­ter Lizzie,” April 21 for Na­tional Po­etry Month.

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