Promoting childhood literacy


Event emphasizes importance of reading

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Amber Littlejohn and her children Aria and Michael listen to a presentation during the “Picnic In The Park” at Foster Park on April 14. The event was sponsored by the Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative which works to promote children’s literacy and preparedness for school. In addition to the various presentations on children’s literacy, the event also featured refreshments for everyone, playtime for the children, and each child receiving a free book to take home and keep.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Nurse-Practitioner Mildred McCully spoke on early literacy and chidldren’s brain development during the April 14 “Picnic In The Park” sponsored by the Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative. The purpose of the event was to help promote early childhood literacy and each child attending the event got a book they could take home and keep. Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative is group of local leaders and parents focusing on literacy in Union County who have partnered with Save the Children and Reach Out and Read.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This children’s book was part of the April 14 “Picnic In The Park” at Foster Park sponsored by the Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative. Each child that attended the event was given a copy of the book to take home with them and keep as part of the Collaborative’s effort to promote early literacy.


UNION — Some Union area families recently took part in a very special picnic that included not only food but food for thought about the importance of early learning and literacy for children.

The “Picnic In The Park” was held April 14 at Foster Park under the sponsorship of the local Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative. In a press release announcing the event, Save The Children Community Literacy Manager Shemika Williams described the Collaborative as “a group of local leaders and parents focusing on literacy in Union County and partnering with Save the Children and Reach Out and Read, two nonprofit organizations working to improve children’s literacy and preparedness for school in Union County.”

Several families attended the event which included a number of activities including a presentation by Nurse-Practitioner Mildred McCully of Union on early literacy and children’s brain development. Laura Wade, Early Steps to School Success Coordinator, conducted a parent-child activity that provided parents ideas to utilize the book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” in their daily lives. The event also featured refreshments, playtime with bubbles for the children who, at the end of the program, were each given a copy of the book, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” to take home and keep.

Williams said the goal of the event was to help children develop a love of reading and prepare for school and beyond.

“Many different organizations across the community are partnering to help Union County children learn to love reading and prepare for success in school and life,” Williams said.

Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information, or to help or donate, please contact Shemika Williams at 803-847-9169 or by e-mail: shwilliams@savechildren.org.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Amber Littlejohn and her children Aria and Michael listen to a presentation during the “Picnic In The Park” at Foster Park on April 14. The event was sponsored by the Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative which works to promote children’s literacy and preparedness for school. In addition to the various presentations on children’s literacy, the event also featured refreshments for everyone, playtime for the children, and each child receiving a free book to take home and keep.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Save-The-Children-3.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Amber Littlejohn and her children Aria and Michael listen to a presentation during the “Picnic In The Park” at Foster Park on April 14. The event was sponsored by the Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative which works to promote children’s literacy and preparedness for school. In addition to the various presentations on children’s literacy, the event also featured refreshments for everyone, playtime for the children, and each child receiving a free book to take home and keep.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Nurse-Practitioner Mildred McCully spoke on early literacy and chidldren’s brain development during the April 14 “Picnic In The Park” sponsored by the Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative. The purpose of the event was to help promote early childhood literacy and each child attending the event got a book they could take home and keep. Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative is group of local leaders and parents focusing on literacy in Union County who have partnered with Save the Children and Reach Out and Read.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Save-The-Children-5.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Nurse-Practitioner Mildred McCully spoke on early literacy and chidldren’s brain development during the April 14 “Picnic In The Park” sponsored by the Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative. The purpose of the event was to help promote early childhood literacy and each child attending the event got a book they could take home and keep. Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative is group of local leaders and parents focusing on literacy in Union County who have partnered with Save the Children and Reach Out and Read.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This children’s book was part of the April 14 “Picnic In The Park” at Foster Park sponsored by the Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative. Each child that attended the event was given a copy of the book to take home with them and keep as part of the Collaborative’s effort to promote early literacy.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Save-The-Children-4.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This children’s book was part of the April 14 “Picnic In The Park” at Foster Park sponsored by the Culture of Literacy Leadership Collaborative. Each child that attended the event was given a copy of the book to take home with them and keep as part of the Collaborative’s effort to promote early literacy.
Event emphasizes importance of reading

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

comments powered by Disqus