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[from the Read Across America Committee] Children in Champaign County are invited to join millions of their peers across the country in celebration of the area’s 12th annual National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day. The theme of the local celebration this year is “Plant a Seed, Have a Good Read!”
The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Lincoln Square in Urbana, featuring more than 30 hands-on literacy related activities. There will be professional storytellers on the Main Stage this year, due to a grant from the Urbana Arts Council. The professional storytellers include Dan Keding, Dawn Blackman, Alice McGinty and Patricia Hruby Powell. Brian “Fox” Ellis, a storyteller from Peoria who specializes in telling stories with an environmental theme, will also be performing on the Main Stage because of the Urbana Arts Grant. Plus there will be celebrity greeters, parent and toddler areas, and readings in many other languages, including Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, German, Japanese, Arabic, Portuguese, Hebrew, Italian and Korean.
The first 1,000 children will receive a free sports tote bag and a new book, paid for by participating sponsors.
The annual event was originally conceived and spearheaded by NEA, and this is Champaign-Urbana’s 12th annual celebration. One of the major local sponsors includes Carter’s Furniture. Each year Carter’s has been donating rocking chairs for the event. Volunteers from seven local Rotaries sit on the chairs read to children throughout the mall. After the event, the chairs are donated to schools and agencies throughout the Champaign-Urbana area so children can be read to throughout the year. Some of the recipients of the rocking chairs throughout the last 11 years include The Urbana Free Library, The Reading Group, Middletown School, A Woman’s Fund, and Crisis Nursery. The goal of this event is for the entire community to celebrate the joy of reading. For more information on Read Across America Day, contact Sheri Langendorf at 384-3530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The local event is coordinated by Altrusa International of Champaign-Urbana, Champaign Library Douglass Branch, Child Care Resource Services, Early Childhood Mental Health and Development at Community Elements, The News-Gazette, Parkland College, Urbana Adult Education, JuCanto Spanish Playgroup, and the Urbana Free Library.