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The Daily Plant : Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Reading Is Fundamental At Forest Park

Festivities kicked off for the 7th annual Read-a-thon at the Lawrence Linekin Children’s Playground in Forest Park on June 7. Children of all ages enjoyed games, music, a stiltwalker, storytelling, arts and crafts and received a free book.

The annual Read-a-thon event began in 2000 as a way to promote literacy and education to the community in a fun and exciting way. By engaging children through shows, storytelling and hands on projects, children gain a positive experience of reading and other learning processes.

Continuing to be a great success, the 7th annual Read-a-thon had a myriad of activities with over 1,000 people in attendance. Children were able to participate in making bookworm bookmarks, activities with the Museum of Natural History mobile museum and the Urban Park Rangers. Children were also encouraged to use their athletic skills by playing basketball, jump rope and hockey.

The festivities culminated with storytelling and a visit from the NY Islanders mascot Sparky and Officer McGruff from the NYPD. All of the children also received a free, age-appropriate book so they were able to take the Read-a-thon experience home.

Written by Jonathan Matt


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