The 21st Annual Community Reading Day was held on May 7th, 2019. Community Reading Day seeks to support literacy in local elementary schools, a crucial skill that is valuable to all young children. This event is organized by the Community Youth Foundation, an affiliate of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County.
Elementary schools from all across the county welcomed community volunteers as guest readers. The Annual Reading Day Program successfully reached 2,500 second grade students with the intention of promoting a passion for reading and strengthening literacy skills.
A classroom full of excited students crowded around volunteers as they read the book Chase-Man, How My Brother Became a Real Superhero, written by local author Chisa Merriweather. The book follows the journey of a young boy who must overcome obstacles to become a superhero. Chase, the local boy who inspired the book, was kind enough to sign copies during a meet and greet event previous to the Annual Reading Day.
The tradition of Community Reading Day now enters its 22nd year and continues to leave a positive impact on the community. Students are inspired by powerful stories of inner strength and overcoming challenges that spark a passion for reading in their young minds, and volunteers are grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community by promoting literacy skills in elementary schools all across Montgomery County.
The Foundation is grateful for the enthusiastic participation of students, school staff and, the community readers.