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Local Girl Scouts and Tyrone-Snyder Library team up for Read Across America event

The Girl Scouts of Talus Rock Council are teaming up with the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library for the Reading, Fun and More program to help celebrate Read Across America Month.
“We are able to conduct the program thanks to a grant obtained from the Target Store in Altoona,” said Amy Horwath who is the director of membership extension for the Girl Scouts of Talus Rock Council.
“The grant money has allowed us to purchase the Family Literacy Workbook,” said Horwath.
The workbook will be distributed during the event at the Tyrone Social Center at 120 West 10th Street in Tyrone. The program is scheduled for three consectutive Saturdays beginning on March 13 and continuing on March 20 and March 27. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. each of the three Saturdays.
“The national Girl Scouts organization is involved in the Family Literacy program,” noted Horwath. “On a local level the $1,000 grant from Target is helping us conduct it not only in Tyrone but in Martinsburg at the library there.
“We’ve chosen to conduct the events in March because it is National Read Across America Month,” said Horwath. “This is a good partnership between the libraries and the local volunteers.”
The program is free and open to all girls in grades Kindergarten through third grade. Both Girls Scouts and non-Girl Scouts are able to particpate in the program.
A news release from the Talus Rock Girl Scouts described some of the features of the event which will include stories chosen especially for the participants as well as other activities, arts and crafts, songs plus games and more. Each participant will receive a copy of the Family Literacy Workbook.
According to the www.seussville.com Web site, Read Across America is a program of the National Education Association (NEA) which is now in its seventh year. NEA’s Read Across America Day is celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss\’s birthday, March 2. It is designed to generate enthusiasm for reading nationwide and focuses the country’s attention on how important it is to motivate children to read. This year’s very special celebration coincides with the the 100th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s birth.
Many organizations are participating in events throughout the month in addtion to those which were held on March 2. Other area organizations locally involved in Read Across America events have included Epworth Manor, the Tyrone Area School District and the Bellwood-Antis School District.
More information on the upcoming event at the Tyrone Social Center can be obtained by calling 684-1133 and speaking with Lynne Nearhoof at the Tyrone-Snyder Public Library. Registration is necessary to participate in the event.
More information is available at www.nea.org/readacross or by e-mail: readacross@nea.org. Interested persons can also call 202-822-7387 or write NEA’s Read Across America c/o National Education Association, 1201 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.