‘Read With Me’ event, book giveaway 1-4 p.m. in Edgehill’s Rose Park
Belmont University’s Ninth Annual Family Literacy Day will take place, rain or shine, on Sat., April 4 from 1-4 p.m. at Rose Park in the Edgehill community. The event, called “Read With Me,” is aimed at children from pre-K through grade 6 and their families and 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, 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.
Tim Stewart, Belmont’s director of service-learning, said, “Every year, more and more Belmont groups and students get involved. This year we’re especially excited to have Book ‘Em, Dollar General and General Mills as sponsors since their new partnership will provide free books on Saturday to hundreds of kid in attendance.”
In addition, there will be drawings for a variety of door prizes, as well as balloons, face-painting and plenty of fun to go around. Other sponsors and supporters of the event include Metro Parks, Better World Books and the PENCIL Foundation.
Belmont’s Family Literacy Day is but one of many components of the Belmont Volunteers for Literacy program, which includes 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 the community. For additional information about Belmont’s Family Literacy Day, click here or contact Tim Stewart at 615-460-5431 or firstname.lastname@example.org.