Through a grant from R.R. Donnelley and Sons Inc., of Danville, 15 additional multicultural dolls are being purchased to support the diversity awareness education provided to 3 and 4-year-old students enrolled in the Boyle County schools preschool program.
Cherie Hall, Donnelley human resource training specialist, and Kim Black, manufacturing supervisor, recently visited the Junction City Elementary preschool classroom of Susan Petitt to observe students with the dolls.
"Multi-cultural dolls, which reflect various races, ages, abilities and careers, are used in dramatic play," said preschool Director Kristi Waters, who requested the funding from R.R. Donnelley. "In addition to manipulatives such as puzzles, books, and dolls, we display pictures on the walls to teach respect for different cultures, family structures and awareness of family members with special needs."
"We at R.R. Donnelley are happy to be able to support the opportunity for kids to learn about diversity by providing multicultural toys," Hall said. "These preschool students are considered an extension of our Inclusion Council."