HAMMOND | The U.S. District Court and the literacy organization Hammond Reads will host a reading, education and patriotism event Friday morning.
Featured will be the reading of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution as part of Time Out for Reading.
Thousands of youths and adults across Northwest Indiana will “Stop what they are doing, put their nose in a book, and read!” at 10 a.m. Friday. Time Out for Reading bookmarks and red foam clown noses have been distributed by volunteers to every school and library in the seven counties of Northwest Indiana.
Time Out for Reading is a partnership of the Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition and Books to Bridge the Region, along with other groups such as Hammond Reads.
Observance of Time Out for Reading in the federal courthouse, 5400 Federal Plaza in Hammond, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday with reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by an address by Dr. Dennis Rittenmeyer, executive director of One Region, One Vision.
Students of the School City of Hammond and St. John Bosco School in Hammond, along with students from Nativity of Our Savior Catholic School in Portage, will be special guests for the presentation on the importance of reading and individual success.
At 10 a.m., several students will join federal judges in the reading of the Preamble. After the reading, the judges will form a panel as student teams try to “stump the judges” with questions about the U.S. Constitution. All activities will take place in the Ceremonial Courtroom in the federal courthouse.
The event is open to the public, but reservations are requested. A photo ID is required for entrance. No cellphones will be allowed. The program will conclude at 11 a.m.
For more information or reservations, contact Peggy Guernsey, of the U.S. District Court, at (219) 852-6541 or Dennis Gray, of the School City of Hammond, at (219) 933-2419, ext. 1966, or email@example.com.