Austin Beason, 3, contemplates his next move with the help of his mother, Naomi, at the Humane Society of Moffat County’s booth during the 2008 Literacy Carnival at Moffat County High School. This year’s carnival takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St.

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Austin Beason, 3, contemplates his next move with the help of his mother, Naomi, at the Humane Society of Moffat County’s booth during the 2008 Literacy Carnival at Moffat County High School. This year’s carnival takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St.

Reading and a twist of fun

Thursday’s literacy carnival designed to get children hooked on reading

If you go …

What: Literacy carnival

When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St.

— The event is free and open to all children in preschool through fifth grade and their parents.

— Activities include a book exchange, read-alouds by Moffat County elementary school principals and carnival-themed reading games.

Quotable:

“It’s the schools’ opportunity ... to provide parents an additional means to promote literacy at home.”

— Zack Allen, Sunset Elementary School principal, on the 11th annual literacy carnival scheduled for Thursday

Fishing can be a way for a child to hone his or her reading skills — if that child is fishing for words, that is.

Playing putt-putt golf or cooking up a recipe can accomplish that goal.

These and other games at Thursday’s literacy carnival are tailored to show parents “that they can turn reading into games,” said Amy Jones, a kindergarten teacher at Sunset Elementary School and co-president of the Sagebrush Reading Council, which is hosting the annual event.

“Even though your child may not always want to sit down and listen to a book there’s other ways you can engage them in literacy,” she said.

The literacy carnival is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Sunset Elementary, 800 W. Seventh St. It’s free and all preschool through fifth-grade students in the district, as well as their parents, are welcome to attend, Jones said.

“The children just get such a kick out of showing off to their parents all of their (reading) skills,” she said.

Children will get a chance to play an assortment of carnival games — complete with prizes — that strengthen their reading skills. They also can bring along a gently used book to trade in at a book exchange, and every student will leave with a new book, compliments of the reading council, Jones said.

Moffat County elementary school principals will be at the event to read books aloud to students, and the Moffat County High School mascot is scheduled to make an appearance.

About 300 people have come to the event in past years, Sunset Elementary Principal Zack Allen said, and he expects to see the same number or more this year.

The literacy carnival, which is entering its 11th year, dovetails with a presentation late last year by retired educator Gary Johnston.

He came to Craig elementary schools to promote the importance of reading in the home, Allen said, and the literacy’s carnival’s ultimate message is the same.

“It’s the schools’ opportunity ... to provide parents an additional means to promote literacy at home,” he said.

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