Colleges to promote literacy to local youth

Children take part in crafts based around “Finding Nemo” during the Reading is Key event at the Callaway County Public Library last year. The annual event, sponsored by the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority from Westminster College, is intended to raise awareness for Reading is Fundamental and to promote literacy among children. This year’s event is from 1-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the library.

Children take part in crafts based around “Finding Nemo” during the Reading is Key event at the Callaway County Public Library last year. The annual event, sponsored by the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority from Westminster College, is intended to raise awareness for Reading is Fundamental and to promote literacy among children. This year’s event is from 1-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the library.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

Greek groups from Westminster College and William Woods University are hosting two separate events to help promote literacy among children over the next two weeks; one on Saturday featuring a Toy Story theme and one on March 2 revolving around perennial childhood favorite Dr. Seuss.

Westminster’s Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority will host Reading to Infinity and Beyond! from 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton for area youth in kindergarten through third grade.

Philanthropy chair Tiffany Fanter said the event will involve reading, crafts, activities and snacks, with each child receiving a free book.

“We’re going to make sheriff’s badges, a rocket ship, Toy Story bookmarks and the little aliens from the movies,” Fanter said. “Basically, we make sure the kids have fun.”

She said this is an event Kappa Kappa Gamma hosts every year as part of its national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental — an organization which raises awareness about and promotes literacy among youth.

“I love kids and I really want to make sure kids ... know the importance of education and make sure every kid is literate,” Fanter said. “We want to promote literacy and education while having fun.”

William Woods University’s Delta Gamma sorority and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity will be hosting a similar event on March 2. They will be hosting a Dr. Seuss Read Across America event from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Callaway library.

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