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Red noses mean Time Out for Reading is back
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Red noses mean Time Out for Reading is back

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Red noses mean Time Out for Reading is back

Area school superintendents and other educators show their support for Time Out For Reading day by preparing to put their noses in the good book, front row from left, Dr. Sharon Johnson-Shirley - Lake Ridge "New Tech" School Corp.; Dr. Peggy Buffington - School City of Hobart; Dr. Debra Howell - Tri-Creek School Corp.; Phyllis Gilworth - School Town of Munster; Dr. Teresa A. Eineman - Crown Point Community School Corp.; Allisa Schnick - Kankakee Valley School Corp.; Dr. Stacey Schmidt - Porter Township School Corp.; Dr. Sandra Martinez and Cindy Scroggins - School City of Whiting; Dr. Cordia Moore - Gary Community School Corp.; and Lorri Covaciu -Merrillville Community School Corp.; back row, Edward Schoenfelt - NWIESC; Dr. Nathan Kleefisch - M.S.D. of Boone Township at Hebron; Dr. Thomas Cripliver - Lake Station School Corp.; Dr. David Prius - Duneland School Corp.; Thomas Taylor - Hanover Community School Corp.; John Hunter - Union Township School Corp.; Aaron Case -Kankakee Valley School Corp.; Dr. Steven Disney - River Forest School Corp.; Dr. Lawrence Veracco - Lake Central School Corp.; and Brian Smith - School Town of Highland.

MERRILLVILLE | The Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition and Books to Bridge the Region made their annual presentation to area school superintendents at the Northwest Indiana Public School Study Council meeting at the Merrillville Administration Center.

This year’s presentation noted that the Time Out for Reading literacy promotion is being held at 10 a.m. Friday in seven counties. A spotlight event is planned at the U.S. Courthouse in Hammond in U.S. Judge Joe Van Bokkelen’s courtroom.

The public is invited to participate in the event wherever they are at 10 a.m. Friday by stopping their activity to read a book, magazine or newspaper for 20 minutes.

Dian Reyome, president of the NWILC and Centier Bank’s financial capabilities officer, and Linda Swisher, public information coordinator for the Hammond Public Library and B2BR representative, spoke to the educators about TOFR and also promoted NWILC’s Photo/Video Recognition Awards Event at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Lake County Public Library in Merrillville. The deadline for entries is Oct. 23. Visit

Each superintendent was given a Literacy Kit Bag which contained “Put Your Nose in a Book” materials, including red clown noses, bookmarks, details on B2BR literacy events and information on observing Time Out for Reading. They were asked to share the materials with principals and staff, and were thanked for all of their support.

Ed Schoenfelt, executive director of the Northwest Indiana Educational Service Center and executive secretary of the Northwest Indiana Public Schools Study Council, commented: "Reading opens the world of learning for all children. Parents, guardians, and family members can all help by encouraging 15-30 minutes of reading nightly for pleasure."

NWILC and B2BR members and volunteers have also delivered Literacy Kit Bags to all surrounding schools, libraries and organizations that requested information. They contain books provided by B2BR in an effort to connect Northwest Indiana communities through reading.

This year’s suggested readings are "Henry’s Freedom Box" by Ellen Levine, "The Secret Tree" by Natalie Standiford, and "The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat" by Edward K. Moore.

For more information, contact George Finney, NWILC board member, at or (219) 873-5808 or Reyome at or (219) 755-6140, ext. 1832, or visit or


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