Fun, games -- and learning

Literacy fest promotes reading outside of class

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Most girls like to read about horses. Allie Dilldine, 6, likes to read about hippopotamuses.

She's just now learning to read, so the book she received at Thursday night's literacy festival was appropriate. It's title was, "See, I can read."

Sagebrush Reading Council hosted its annual festival at Moffat County High School, and the event was packed with reading children and their parents.

That's the point of the event, said Sagebrush Co-President Sue Goodenow.

"It brings parents and children together for a night of reading," Goodenow said. Along with her role as Sagebrush co-president, she works as literacy coordinator at Ridgeview Elementary School. Sagebrush Reading Council is the local chapter of the International Reading Council.

Students from all three Moffat County School District elementary schools participated in games including word Twister, literacy putt-putt and animal name game. New at this year's festival was a karaoke machine and pipe cleaner animals.

"You can make a game out of reading. It doesn't have to be serious all the time; it's not always a book," Goodenow said.

It was a lesson she hoped parents would take with them from the evening.

Research demonstrates that most children don't spend enough time reading at home, Goodenow said.

"It's a great opportunity for parents to come do literacy activities with the kids," said Kathy Duran, a kindergarten teacher.

The students often play games similar to the ones offered at the literacy festival, Duran said.

Students could get two new books and exchange old books for ones they haven't read yet.

Jericha DeLong, a second- grader at Sunset Elementary, picked a book called "King of the Wind." It's a book about a horse.

"I like to challenge myself," she said.

She also likes to read the Judy B. Jones series. The book series is about a kindergarten student.

Keira Petty, a kindergartener, said her favorite game was the animal name game. She read the names and matched them with the appropriate animals. She likes to read about princesses.

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