Belmont University’s Tenth Annual Family Literacy Day was held Sat., April 10 at Rose Park in the Edgehill community. The event, aimed at children from pre-K through grade 6 and their families, is designed to celebrate the joys of reading with a free afternoon of interactive story times, crafts and games. The primary focus of the event is Reading Circles, hosted by various campus groups such as the Student Government Association, the English Club, fraternities and sororities, the Black Student Alliance and the Student Athlete Council. Each group picks a different theme and offers a variety of books for all ages. Click here to view a gallery of images from the event.
In addition to the many activities that have been enjoyed in previous years, this year’s Family Literacy Day also offered its first-ever “Favorite Story” Children’s Poetry Contest. As part of the contest, 69 students representing 13 different Metro Public Elementary schools submitted poems about their favorite stories. The Belmont English Club selected the top five submissions, and the finalists worked with local songwriters, including three with No. 1 hits, to set their poems to music. All poets in attendance at the event were recognized. Click here to listen to all the songs and cast your vote for the winner, which will be decided later this week.
Tim Stewart, director of Service-Learning and advisor to Belmont Volunteers for Literacy, said, “In addition to our current students participating, we invited our alumni who’ve participated in a previous Family Literacy Day to come back and help us celebrate 10 years of promoting the joy of reading.”
Belmont’s Family Literacy Day is only one of many components of the Belmont Volunteers for Literacy program, which includes ongoing tutoring programs at Carter-Lawrence School, and relationships with Book’em, PENCIL Foundation and the Nashville Adult Literacy Council to promote student involvement in literacy efforts throughout the city. 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 the community.