Boys and Girls Club encourages kids to 'Read Across America'

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2002

Children and parents can get their fill of "Green Eggs and Ham," as well as the more traditional pizza and juice at Read Across America, an event celebrating literacy on the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

The Read Across America celebration is organized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Kenai Peninsula and will be held at the Kenai club from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday.

"We're doing it to promote the love of reading and literacy in the area," said Mary Jo Foglia, education coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club. "And we're really focused now on making the community aware of the fact that this is their club. It's a time for parents to hang out with their kids and see what we do at the club."

Five stations offering different activities will be set up for participants to cycle through in 15-minute sessions.

Sharon Hackleman, author of "Marion the Magnet's First Mission," will read aloud and sign copies of her book in one station, and Albert Burns, specialist with the Army National Guard, will read to participants in another.

Bob VanDerWege, media center director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, will tell stories. Another station will be filled with Dr. Seuss books to give parents and kids an opportunity to get to know "The Cat in the Hat" and other Seuss characters.

Virginia Morgan, Soldotna Middle School teacher, and Janet Boyce, Soldotna Elementary teacher, will teach parents how to help their children become better readers in a workshop.

The stations will be followed by a pizza dinner. The event also will include door prizes, a dancing penguin and a costume contest with characters from books. It is free and open to anyone.

"You don't have to be a club member to participate," Foglia said. "We really encourage the public to attend this event. We're their club, and we want them to be aware of that. And it's a free dinner -- you can't beat that."

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