In Bed-Stuy, a Literacy Fair

Teachers, parents and students at the inaugural District 16 Literacy Fair. (Photo courtesy of District 16 via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Teachers, parents and students at the inaugural District 16 Literacy Fair. (Photo courtesy of District 16 via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

What organizers hope will become an annual event, the Bedford-Stuyvesant District 16 Literacy Fair, was held at Jesse Owens Park on the evening of Thursday, June 2, aimed at encouraging students to read, reports Rob Abruzzese in Brooklyn Daily Eagle. More than 300 students, parents and teachers heard local authors read excerpts of books, and various skits were performed. Kids who attended were able to return home with books to read over the summer.

Department of Education Community School District 16 in Bedford-Stuyvesant organized the literacy fair.

“My vision for this event was to bring rich, authentic literacy experiences to the children and families of District 16, to help promote a love of reading across our community,” said superintendent Rahesha Amon. “With the help of The Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc., amazing local children’s authors and our talented teachers, we created an immersive and memorable evening for students and families.”

Amon became superintendent last January, and says she hopes not only to improve reading levels in the district but also to improve community interaction with the schools. Go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle to read about the community members and authors in attendance.

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