Fun, laughter, and excitement filled the room as we celebrated adult and family literacy at Literacy Volunteers’ fourth annual Family Fun & Literacy Awareness Day on Saturday, October 19th at the Broome County Public Library. Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated to help make this event a great success! We had a record attendance of over 325 children and adults participating throughout the day! Special thanks to Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo for your visit as well!
We extend our sincere gratitude to event sponsors: M&T Bank, AGVideo, Clearview Building & Remodeling, Coughlin & Gerhart, Hatala Orthodontics, Lalor Family Dental, and Matthews Auto for making this event possible and free for all who attended.
We additionally thank: Donoli’s Restaurant, Frito Lay, Kampai Japanese Steakhouse, Lupos, Something Sweet Gourmet, Maines Food & Party Warehouse, Ti-Ahwaga Community Players, Tri-Cities Opera, True Value Home Center and Weis for donating gift certificates and prizes.
Our theme was Farm Animals and Furry Friends as we explored the lives of animals with many fun literacy activities and special animal guests! Special thanks to Silly Nomads children’s book co-author, Jan Lewis Zelesnikar for reading to the families; Read to Therapy Dogs for bringing their adorable furry friends Kyla and Kiya; the Binghamton Lion’s Club for offering free vision screenings; Linda King for her extremely talented face paintings; John Ed Bon Fed for his amazing caricature drawings; Animal Adventure for introducing us to so many animals; Dr. Joshua Holowinski and Dr. Efren Gonzalez from the Johnson City Veterinary Hospital for offering fun animal activities; and Officer Kevin and K-9 Derek for spending time with us and sharing the important work you do on the Binghamton Police Force!
It was truly wonderful to see the excitement on the faces of so many children as they explored the various interactive activities! The enthusiasm among the children and parents is a testament that learning is fun for all ages!!
Once again, many thanks to all of you for your support!
Kristen Gordon-Pier &
The Literacy Volunteers Staff