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Regent Reads About Contemporary and Biblical Heroes

By Brett Wilson | July 9, 2013

Dr. Paul Bonicelli shares the story of Daniel with Regent Reads participants.

While the nation celebrated its own heroes—the beloved, patriotic men and women from America's revolutionary history—Regent University Library launched its own celebration of Biblical and contemporary heroes.

On Tuesday, July 2, children from the Virginia Beach community gathered for the beginning of the third annual Regent Reads program. Though the program is geared toward children between the ages of five and nine, the lessons of courage and honor esteemed by the readings are applicable to audiences of all ages—even Regent faculty members.

Mark Zillges, Regent library systems manager, and Dr. Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president, represented Regent faculty and administration on Tuesday as they read to participants. Zillges read Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B. Johnson, which explored the imagination of a young bear who strives to make the best of his natural surroundings as he builds a new home.

Bonicelli, who read the colorful interpretation of the classic Bible story Daniel in the Lions' Den by Jean Marzollo, encouraged his listeners to be "strong and courageous."

"This is one of my favorite stories for a couple of reasons," said Bonicelli. "It's about a brave man who is willing to stand up for what he believes in—that's important, and this story puts it in a way that we can all understand."

Her passion for elementary education is what brought Taletta Wilson '13 (School of Education) to the season's first Regent Reads event. Like Bonicelli, Wilson agrees that stories have a profound impact on both a child's life and learning.

Her two children, Whitney, 4, and William, 7, joined the activities that Wilson recognizes will not only help their literary skills, but also instill within them a love for the Bible.

"I wanted them to be able to participate in a story time, but I wanted them to learn something a little more fruitful," said Wilson. "I hope they'll remember the Bible story, and that they'll talk about being courageous and depending on God."

Regent Reads will continue throughout the remainder of July, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. The series will continue as it celebrates modern-day heroes scheduled to read along with faculty, including a police officer, fireman, dentist, missionary and carpenter.

Immediately following story time, participants are encouraged to take part in music, special art activities and snacks.

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