Children gather for reading program in Riverfront ParkPublished 9:11am Thursday, May 15, 2014
Wearing a grass skirt over his dark grey dress pants, Danny Bartz approached a group of children and parents and posed the question, “Who wants to go on vacation?”
Bartz, a principal at Sylvester Elementary School in Berrien Springs, was one of 15 volunteers who dressed up to read to children’s books to kids during Wednesday’s Read Around the County program at Riverfront Park in Niles.
Sponsored by Berrien Regional Education Service Agency and the county’s libraries, Read Around the County is designed to promote literacy to children ages 5 and under in Southwestern Michigan.
“You have to love reading before you can be a good reader,” said Kerenda Applebey, parent education coordinator for Berrien RESA. “The goal is to get kids to love to read.”
The free event took place Tuesday in St. Joseph and Wednesday in Niles. Participants received a goodie bag containing a free book, snack and information about the summer reading programs offered by
The 15 volunteers included principals, librarians and others from the surrounding communities.
Organizers changed the name of the event this year when the county’s libraries jumped on board. It was formerly known as Read by the River in Niles and Books on the Bluff in St. Joseph.
Bartz read the book “Froggy Goes to Hawaii” by author Jonathan London and illustrator Frank Remkiewicz.
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