MIDDLESBORO - The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia KY met this week to discuss upcoming spring events.
Dr. Tony Maxwell, executive director of the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia KY, said foundation members were pleased with the success of the Read Across America event held at the Middlesboro Mall in March. The event was a celebration of reading and Theodore Geisel’s – better known as Dr. Seuss – birthday.
In addition he reported on a recent trip to Oneida, Tenn. to pick up donated books from the Christian Appalachian Project, and announced that the foundation’s logo will be on the sleeve of every t-ball team uniform.
The Pine Mountain Settlement School Reading Camp was also discussed at the meeting. The week long residential camp will be held July 22 – 28. Children who attend the camp will receive three hours of reading and instruction in the morning, then will participate in camp activities in the afternoon. For more information on the camp, visit www.readingcamprocks.org. Applications for the 2012 camp are due by May 15.
Most recently the foundation began putting books in the ‘Faith Packs’ sent home with children on Friday afternoons. These packs include food for the children, to ensure they have something to eat until they have breakfast at school on Monday.
The foundation also discussed a reading program involving local churches. On Sunday, May 20, all participating churches will have pencils to give out and leaflets in their church bulletins with information on the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia KY, and the importance of reading to your child for 20 minutes a day. Any church that would like to participate may contact Maxwell at email@example.com or Farrah Shoffner at 242-8846.
One of the first up coming events the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia KY will be participate in is the Cumberland Mountain Music Show on Saturday, April 7 at the Bell Theatre. Volunteers from the foundation will be at the entrance of the Bell Theatre to hand out free books and to spread their message of “Read Together 20 Minutes Every Day”.
Other upcoming events the foundation will be participating in are:
- Bell County Council on Literacy (BCCL) Book Sale – April 6 – 10, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Guild Hall (located between City Hall and the Social Security Office in Middlesboro)
- Community Day – April 7 at the Middlesboro Mall
- T-Ball and Little League Kick-off – April 14
- Fish Fest – April 21, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Downtown Middlesboro at City Hall
- Kid’s Fest – May 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Middlesboro Mall
- Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival – May 25 and 26 in Pineville