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3rd ANNUAL ‘SUPERINTENDENT’S LITERACY FESTIVAL’
SET FOR SATURDAY
MARION COUNTY – This Saturday, April 13, more than a thousand local students, teachers, parents and others are expected to celebrate the third annual Superintendent’s Literacy Festival in Downtown Ocala. The event kicks off at 9AM at Citizen’s Circle behind Ocala City Hall.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Heidi Maier leads the effort each year to celebrate reading and its impact on everyone’s life, especially students. Her chosen theme this year is “Traveling through Time,” submitted by Kmari Gibson, an eighth grade student at Howard Middle School.
The festival is free and open to the public and offers back-to-back story times for students every 30 minutes with guest readers and local celebrities sharing their favorite books.
Using this year’s theme as inspiration, more than 70 booths will showcase local schools and organizations and offering activities for children. These booths will share services available to parents and families to increase literacy efforts at home and elsewhere. Special displays will also endorse reading and its importance in every career and profession. Ocala Fire Rescue will provide safety displays while numerous food trucks offer goods to satisfy those who hunger for more than reading.
Marion County Public Schools is partnering with the Marion County Literacy Council to benefit from this year’s festival. For more information, contact my office at 352.671.7555 or email Kevin.Christian@marion.k12.fl.us.
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