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Reading in Action boosts program

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer fun continues tomorrow at Argie Cooper Public Library.

"Reading in Action" will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The event aims to raise awareness of the local Raise Your Hand Tennessee Program, which kicked off locally during the last school year.

The event is being hosted by United Way of Bedford County, the Argie Cooper Library and the Bedford County Department of Education.

Fun times

"Let's make reading fun," said Dawn Holley, executive director of United Way of Bedford County.

Several special characters will be popping in to visit with guests, and healthy snacks will be served.

Holley is also asking anyone interested in signing up to volunteer for the coming school year's Raise Your Hand Tennessee program to attend tomorrow's event. Volunteers are needed to reading to and mentor children on a weekly basis.

"We are working together to have every third grade child reading at grade level by 2015," she said. "We recruited volunteers at this event last year. Those 17 very active volunteers donated about an hour of their time every week and when we did our surveys at the end of the year, with principals as well as volunteers, the feedback was tremendous."

Program works

She said principals saw tangible improvements in the students involved with the program, which assists students needing a little extra individual attention and encouragement.

"We feel we are moving that needle toward meeting the goal to have every third grade child reading at level by 2015," Holley said. "We want kids to know that education is fun and important."

While all the fun is taking place Friday, donations of books in good condition will also be collected.

For more information call Holley at 684-6685.