HANNIBAL – Family literacy activities were plentiful during the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County’s fifth annual READ Event, held November 7 at Hannibal Central School District’s Dennis M. Kenney Middle School.
The public event showed families how literacy ties into daily activities with 21 stations of discovery and fun, centered on the theme “Every Hero Has a Story.”
Children also dressed in superhero costumes.
“As a coalition, we’re here to throw a literacy party for the school district,” said Carri Waloven, coalition events committee co-chairwoman. “We want to help people improve their quality of life, and literacy can do that for them.”
Many community agencies also explained how literacy opens doors for families and how their programs can help make that happen.
Adult literacy supports are available through both the Center for Career and Community Education’s adult literacy programs at the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation and through Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County.
Hannibal Central School District also had a strong presence at the event with its Home and School initiative representatives who spoke with families about PBIS’ Word Girl character and how she saves the planet by recycling.
Volunteers with the district’s Student Led Academic Movement after-school program offered superhero face painting.
Fulton City School District sixth grade teacher John Mercer showcased his books “They Call Me Zombie” and “They Call Me Zombie: Hope.”
Many local authors shared their stories, and children enjoyed listening to Tom Altman’s interactive presentation on what makes objects fly.