The Bell Theater in Pineville has been a staple in the community for as long as most residents can remember.
Now, several groups are partnering with the theater in an effort to revitalize it’s presence in the community and give local children a place close to home where they can come for free books and numerous types of school events.
“Booked at the Bell” is a partnership with The Bell Theater, the Children’s Reading Foundation of Appalachia-KY (CRFA) and The Pineville Rotary Club. According to those involved in the first program — an anti-bullying program with Mobile Ed Productions — it was a success.
“This is a good example of what we can do when we work together as partners in our community,” said Bell Theater Director Mike Crockett. “Children from several districts were able to come together for a valuable experience here at the Bell. We really appreciate being allowed to be the host along with the reading foundation and the Rotary Club.”
Several factors played into the partnership.
“Changes within our local economic system over the past few years screamed at us as local leaders to join hands in an effort to make things better — it is as simple as that — just make things better,” added CRFA Director Debbie Knuckles.
“The CRFA-KY began to look for things that we could do together, as partners, to bring quality but affordable entertainment to youngsters. What could possibly be better than educational entertainment with a free book thrown in each time they visit us for an event at the theater?”
Future events are to be announced and promise to be as successful as the first one, participants said.
Reina P. Cunningham can be reached at 606-302-9100 and on Twitter @ReinaMDN.