The 2016 Read Across Oklahoma event was April 5th at the Oklahoma City Zoo. The theme was Reading is Fintastic, inspired by Tami Sauer’s book Nugget and Fang, the tale of two unlikely friends, a minnow and a shark.
More than 5,400 children, parents, caregivers and volunteers came together to celebrate the annual Read Across Oklahoma event at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Author, Tami Sauer, was on hand throughout the day to read her book about the special friendship between a shark and a minnow.
Children were invited to participate in special activities that included learning how to do a shark dance, making storytelling bracelets, listening to bi-lingual storytelling, making piggy banks, and hearing musical performances by Spaghetti Eddie. Youngsters and families lined up to receive one of the 2,000 children’s books that were given away to encourage family reading.
Twelve hundred pre-school children at risk for low literacy were special guests at the event, receiving bus transportation to the zoo, free entrance, and copies of the book Nugget and Fang. The children were also treated to hot dog lunches served by more than 100 Target staff members.
According to ODL literacy staff, Kerri McLinn, “Each year, the Read Across Oklahoma event celebrates reading and encourages family reading as a means to build early literacy skills. The event also provides a wonderful opportunity for high school students to get involved as volunteers and mentors.” This year, more than 150 students from Capitol Hill High School and Metro Technology Center assisted with the event, doing everything to manning activity stations and escorting preschool classes, to dressing up in costumes and interacting with the children. McLinn added, “This annual reading celebration would not have been possible without all the volunteers, sponsors, funders, and planners.”
Read Across Oklahoma-2016 was sponsored by Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority, Metro Technology Center, the Krueger Charitable Foundation, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Target, and many other partners dedicated to promoting a more literate Oklahoma.
The sponsors and planning committee are already gearing up for the 2017 celebration. Stay tuned for more details!