The Union Recorder

January 7, 2013

Literacy Fair to offer families valuable resources

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Milledgeville-Baldwin County community is encouraged to attend the city’s first Literacy Fair highlighting literacy initiatives and family development opportunities in the community all under one roof for area youth and their families.

The family-fun event, free and open to the public, is hosted by the Partners for Progress Workforce Development Committee of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce.

Slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Milledgeville Mall, the Literacy Fair will feature local schools, nonprofit organizations and businesses, including Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Oconee River Greenway Foundation, Mothers of Pre-schoolers, Baldwin County Family Connection, Early Learning Center, Art As An Agent For Change, Kiwanis Club of Milledgeville, Rotary Club of Milledgeville, Exchange Bank, Baldwin County Child and Family Development Center, Central Georgia Technical College, the Chamber’s Mpact Program and Georgia College’s College of Education, Early College and Student Government Association. 

The Twin Lakes Library System will provide literacy activities for youth through puppet shows and bookmark design crafts while other participants get involved in story time, face painting, coloring activities and other literacy games as a way fun way to motivate youth to read and write. The Chick-fil-A Cow and a clown will also be on site and Z97 FM will hold a live remote.

Various performances will also take place during the Literacy Fair, featuring Eagle Ridge Elementary School’s drill team, Creekside Elementary School’s chorus, and Art As An Agent For Change with a poetry slam.

Partners for Progress is a five-year economic and community development plan focused on economic development, education, leadership development, marketing, business development and land use, states a press release. Under the umbrella of Partners for Progress, the Workforce Development Committee is designed to develop a 21st century workforce by promoting educational excellence through targeting improvements in pre-K to 12 education, higher education and training and support programs.

For more information about the first annual Literacy Fair, contact Literacy Fair Chair Sarah Hamil at (478) 452-0677, or e-mail sarahhamil@tllsga.org.

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