Dr. Seuss fans and readers of all ages gathered at the Middlesboro Mall on Mar. 4 for Read Across America. This was the sixth year for the event, which garnered 1,000 visitors.
Families and supporters of the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia had the opportunity to receive free books, information and book-related trinkets during the event from community partners.
”We are thrilled to know that it has become the signature event of The Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia. We rely on this event to touch base with each of our partners, participants and purpose,” said Debbie Knuckles, CRFA Director.
One of the community partners involved with the event was the Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter who brought several animals that were available for adoption. Seven animals were adopted to loving homes throughout the event and many more were read to by RAA attendees, giving both pets and children a unique experience.
Also at the event were short skits based on Dr. Seuss tales, stories being read aloud and performances by area dance teams.
“CRFA continues to grow and so does the event. We continue to add new partners, groups for entertainment and, of course, initiatives and programs for families and young children are launched at Read Across America,” said Knuckles.
The Five by Five Initiative was introduced with well over one hundred parents of children providing CRFA with contact information to continue a database which will be shared with early childhood services including CRFA, First Steps, H.A.N.D.S. and Head Start Programs. On Apr. 18, CRFA will partner with the Early Community Action Teams for Children to host the second annual Early Childhood Summit.
During the summer, CRFA has plans to relocate to a larger space within the mall. The former Bookland location will offer CRFA space to hold regular open reading hours, story time and book giveaways from noon until 5 p.m. in June and July.
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