The Union Recorder

January 26, 2013

Literacy Fair to feature community resources, performances

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Milledgeville’s first-ever Literacy Fair will feature almost 30 schools, organizations, churches and businesses Saturday to provide families valuable resources, entertainment and fellowship.

“This is the type of event that everyone can be proud of; it's fun, it's educational and it's a healthy community building exercise for everyone involved,” said Sarah Hamil, event chair. “There will be literacy resource information available, along with fun literacy games, face painting, poetry workshops, story times, bookmark crafts, readers theaters, a poster contest and much more.”

Hosted by the Partners for Progress Workforce Development Committee of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce, the event is slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Milledgeville Mall.

Participating groups include the Twin Lakes Library System, Digital Bridges, Oconee River Greenway Foundation, Rotary Club of Milledgeville, Exchange Bank, Pure Chiropractic, Live Healthy Baldwin, Communities In Schools of Milledgeville-Baldwin County, Baldwin Family Connection, Baldwin County Child & Family Development Center, Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce’s MPACT program, Art as an Agent for Change, Kiwanis Club of Milledgeville, Mothers of Pre-schoolers Northside Baptist, Boy Scouts Troop Pack 87, Oconee Home Improvement, Georgia College Early College, Georgia College’s School of Education, kinesiology department and Student Government Association, Central Georgia Technical College, Georgia Military College, Baldwin High School Future Business Leaders of America, Oak Hill Middle School, Creekside Elementary School, Blandy Hills Elementary School and the Early Learning Center.

Early College will kickoff the day’s performances with poetry reading at 10:30 a.m., followed by a puppet show by the Twin Lakes Library System, drill teams of Midway and Eagle Ridge, Baldwin High School’s Youth Poetry Collective: Team Split Dat, poetry slam by Art as an Agent for Change, character parade by Oak Hill Middle, and chorus of Creekside and Midway elementary schools.

The Chick-fil-A Cow, Country Cousin Clown and possibly Scrubby Bear and Little Caesar will bring community spirit while Z97 FM is slated to hold a live remote.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone’s hard work come together to benefit the community,” Hamil said. “There are a lot of people out there that work to provide a brighter future for Milledgeville-Baldwin County. It’s always nice to be able to provide them a platform to do their work.”

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

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