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A group of 20 to 30 students hosted Literacy Day for about 60 local children Saturday, providing an afternoon of learning activities in the Marlo Room of Farinon College Center.

Participants came from schools served by Lafayette’s America Reads student tutors and Easton public housing projects served by student volunteers with the Landis Community Outreach Center. Each received a copy of Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books by Kay Winters., courtesy of Cheston School in Easton and Lafayette. The book has been praised by Kirkus Reviews, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and other publications.

The program will began at 1 p.m. with a presentation, “What’s the Matter,” by Joshua Clapper of Discovery Science Center in Bethlehem. Winters gave a slide presentation based on her Lincoln book at 2 p.m. A book signing, craft project, and refreshments concluded the afternoon.

“The goal is to celebrate literacy and all the doors that are opened for us because of it,” says Karin Thompson, coordinator of Lafayette’s America Reads tutors. “Any kid that can read can become an author, a scientist, a Lafayette College student or even President of the United States. Learning to read is a skill; loving to read is a gift.”

McDonald’s of 25th Street in Easton and The Wood Company supplied food and drinks, and the YMCA of Easton provided bus service. Other corporate sponsors included Family Connections, Saturn of Route 33 in Easton, and Discovery Science Center.

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