The joy of reading

Event offers children a chance to celebrate the written word

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More than 280 students played games, won prizes and learned that reading can be fun Thursday at the third annual Family Literacy Carnival held at Moffat County High School.

Sponsored by the Moffat County School District and the Sagebrush Reading Council, the event provided tips to families on how to encourage reading in the home.

Janele Husband, the Moffat County Elementary reading mentor, said about 125 families attended the event.

"We hope that parents got a lot of ideas on activities they can do with their children to reinforce listening and reading skills," she said. "That was the goal of the evening."

In addition to food and balloon stations, 12 booths were set up with games to promote reading.

At one station students had to read a recipe, and use dry ingredients set out in bowls to make a trail mix.

At the English Language Learner booth, children played twister, and chose the correct spot by listening to colors read in Spanish.

There also was a miniature golf booth, a Harry Potter booth and an Outburst Junior booth.

The event was a success due to generous contributions from community volunteers and businesses, Husband said.

Husband said the council hopes to continue the event in the future, and held a meeting Tuesday to discuss feedback received from participants and how to improve on the event.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or jnichols@craigdailypress.com.

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