Fifty one K- through fourth-grade students from the Burke and Newark Kingdom Afterschool programs attended the Children's Literacy Foundation afterschool reading and book event on March l8 at the Burke Afterschool Program. CLiF is a private, non-profit foundation that provides resources and programming to support children's growth in literacy and access to books.
Students were entertained by Duncan McDougall, CLiF executive director, with an interactive storytelling presentation, followed by a book giveaway. Each student was able to choose two free books to take home. The Burke and Newark school librarians each chose 75 book titles at no charge for their school libraries.
McDougall led a Parent Literacy Seminar before the event started. This was a short conversation with parents about the importance of literacy and the benefits of reading to children at a young age. This event was the culminating event for book clubs and reading activities offered at the afterschool programs throughout the year.