School chiefs on board for literacy events

2011-09-16T00:00:00Z 2011-09-22T20:06:55Z School chiefs on board for literacy eventsBy Times Staff
September 16, 2011 12:00 am  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition and Books to Bridge the Region made their annual presentation regarding this year's literacy promotion to area school superintendents at a recent Northwest Indiana Education Study Council meeting at the Merrillville Community School Corp.'s Administration Center.

Dian Reyome, NWILC president, and Linda Swisher, Public Information coordinator for the Hammond Public Library and representing B2BR, explained this year's push to get people of all ages reading more.

This year's "Lit Kit Bags" contain "Put Your Nose in a Book" materials, including red clown noses and lapel pins, bookmarks, details on B2BR literacy events, and information on Time Out for Reading on Sept. 30.

Close to 170,000 people, from preschoolers to business executives, are expected to stop what they are doing, put their nose in a book, and read for at least 20 minutes at 10 a.m. Sept. 30.

"This is a great program - our faculty, staff, and students look forward to this every year," said George Letz, superintendent of MSD of Boone Township Schools.

Each bag also contains Books to Bridge the Region book selections provided by B2BR, including: "Boxes for Katje" by Candace Fleming for preschool through grade 4 children; "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne for students in grades 5 to 8; and "Hart's War" by John Katzenbach for high schoolers and adults.

Bags are being distributed by volunteers to more than 450 schools and public libraries in 58 cities and towns in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke and Pulaski counties.

Beyond the TOFR events, highlights of this year's presentation included NWILC grant forms; Save the Dates for the second annual Literacy Palooza, promoting reading, financial, health, music and theatre literacy, on Oct. 13 at the U.S. courthouse in Hammond; and Centier Bank's seventh annual Financial Literacy Fair for Educators on March 21 at the Centier Centre.

For more information, contact Dennis Gray, NWILC vice president, at or (219) 933-2419, ext. 1966; Dian Reyome, NWILC president, at or (219) 755-6140, ext. 1832, or visit or


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