Independent reading festival starts March 2 in Prince George’s County
To celebrate Read Across America Day 2016, a literacy festival will be held at Charles Herbert Flowers High School on March 2 for Pre-K students who attend the Little Jaguars Preschool Lab. Read Across America Day celebrates reading and is a national observance of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Seuss was known for writing books for children such as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham."
Reading activities, games, educational exploration, food and fun will encourage young children to read books at home. Students will be given free books to remind them to ask their parents or guardians to read with or to them. In the afternoon, festivities will continue by visiting children who attend a child enrichment center in Landover, Md. The center will hold activities to celebrate Read Across America Day. Kid Time Enterprises will provide additional books to add to the center’s library and/or offer to provide free books for school-age youth and toddlers to take home.
Discover Books – a book collection and online reselling company donated the majority of the books that will be used for literacy events that will kick off a campaign to distribute up to 1,000 of them to Maryland youth. The festival and reading campaign will be presented by Tyler Stallings, who is a 4-year-old aspiring author and entrepreneur. Tyler inspires his mother, Andrea Blackstone, to develop community outreach activities that will be provided by their forthcoming learning and publishing company called Kid Time Enterprises.
As a part of the campaign, individuals will be encouraged to recycle books, by finding out how to give them new homes through Discover Books, when books are no longer needed by their original owners. Additionally, Kid Time Enterprises will invite youth to read printed books more often, while balancing time spent online or using electronic devices. Although the campaign is intended to encourage all youth to read, specific efforts will be made to reach underserved children in and around Prince George’s County.