Family Literacy Day
Belmont University's 9th Annual Family Literacy Day, 'Read With Me', is planned, rain or shine, for Saturday, April 4, 2009 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at E.S. Rose Park in the Edgehill Community. The event is aimed at children from pre-K through Grade 6 and their families and is designed to celebrate the joys of reading. The primary focus of the event is Reading Circles, hosted by various campus groups such as the Black Student Alliance, the foreign language majors, the Student Athlete Council and numerous fraternities and sororities. Each group picks a different theme and has variety of books for all ages.
When children visit a circle and listen to or read a book, they receive a sticker. After collecting 2 stickers, children can visit the games area or crafts area where they can play a reading related game or make a reading related craft such as a book mark or even their own book. They can also visit the refreshment area for a treat!
When a child has collected 6 stickers by visiting 6 different Reading Circles, they can pick out a book of their choice from hundreds of children's books donated by Book'em. In addition, throughout the afternoon, there will be drawings for a variety of door prizes, as well as balloons, face-painting and plenty of fun to go around.
Belmont's Family Literacy Day is but one of many components of the Belmont Volunteers for Literacy program, that include ongoing tutoring programs at Carter-Lawrence School, Sevier Park Community Center, and English tutoring with children and adults through the YMCA Hispanic Achievers program. Family Literacy Day is designed to serve as a celebration of the year's activities, giving the children and student participants of the ongoing programs a chance to have fun and reflect on their accomplishments. It also serves as a way of encouraging additional Belmont students, faculty and staff to get involved in the literacy effort in our community, and it provides a way for Belmont to give back in a small way to the community of which it is a part and from whom it receives so much.