The Union Recorder

January 7, 2014

Literacy fair showcases local resources

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Literacy initiatives and family development opportunities within the community will be highlighted during the second annual literacy fair to benefit area youth and families.

“The literacy fair is a community event to inform parents, children and people of all ages about literacy programs that are available in Baldwin County to teach different types of literacy, including reading and financial,” said Carol Goings, coordinator of the Partners in Education Committee of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce. “Join us and celebrate reading.”

Hosted by the Partners in Education Committee, the free event is slated from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Milledgeville Mall.

An array of booths will offer activities, resources and materials for the entire family, including facepainting, scavenger hunts, puppet shows, poster contests, games, free books, bookmark craft and performances by local schools. Z-97 FM will also be on site with a live remote.

“We will also have separate parent sessions for the adults this year on how they can earn their GED, improve their education and become more literate in certain areas,” Goings said. “Sylvia Hooker will be the opening speaker. She is a veteran of 26 years in the field of education obtaining her education specialist’s degree at Central Connecticut State University.”

Participating groups include Baldwin County Family Connection, Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Baldwin High School, Oak Hill Middle, Blandy Hills Elementary, Creekside Elementary, Eagle Ridge Elementary, Midway Elementary, Georgia Military College, Future Business Leaders of America, Central Georgia Technical College, AmeriCorps VISTA, Georgia College Early College, College of Education at Georgia College, Live Healthy Baldwin, Milledgeville Rotary Club, Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, Twin Lakes Library System, Karen Rowell State Farm Insurance, Exchange Bank and Learning Safari.

“Last year was fabulous. It was really positive, and we had a lot of great feedback,” Goings said. “We’re looking forward to seeing everyone come out again this year to support literacy.”

Schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses and civic groups interested in participating as a vendor during the literacy fair, must register by Friday.

For more information about the upcoming event, or to sign-up as a vendor, contact Goings at 478-457-3325, or email cgoings@baldwin.k12.ga.us.