It’s the ice bucket challenge, but without the ice and plenty of books. Cincinnati Public Schools will participate in Learning Through Art (LTA), Inc.’s Cincy Reads!™ Weekend Sept. 22-24, which will wrap the region in reading with three days of family-focused interactive events.
“CPS has been a proud partner of the Learning Through Art for 19 years,” said Superintendent Laura Mitchell. “This program has been a tremendous asset to our efforts to ensure that our students not only enhance their reading skills, but also develop a lifelong love of books. That is why we are a Cincy Reads!™ partner and we challenge other districts to join us in this effort.”
The “challenge” is where things will get interesting. CPS and LTA encourage families to video their own read-a-louds and post to social media, tagging friends to challenge them to do the same, therefore spreading the joy of reading together. CPS will be doing the same for other regional school districts.
“For Learning Through Art’s 25th anniversary, we wanted to do something different, bold, and special that involves the whole community,” said Kathy Wade, CEO and Co-founder of LTA. “We chose Cincy Reads!™ to engage communities and neighborhoods in a collective action–reading–while raising money to provide expanded literacy programming.”
Cincy Reads!™ weekend activities include:
- Friday, September 22: Public Read-A-Loud
LTA will lead a public Read-A-Loud of the children’s book Giraffes Can’t Dance on Fountain Square during lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Students from local schools, media celebrities, corporate and community leaders, and a performance by The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati will be part of the activities during the hour.LTA invites the public to join in by taking the Cincy Reads!™ Challenge and do a Read-A-Loud from home, school, office, park, or any other place, and post a video of the reading on social media. LTA will present a video highlight of reading across the region after Cincy Reads! Weekend. To learn more and register for the Cincy Reads!™ Challenge, visit LearningThroughArt.com.
- Saturday, September 23: Books Alive! For Kids® Celebration
Books Alive! For Kids® is hosting an afternoon of family fun, food and entertainment celebrating the joy of reading newly-renovated iconic landmark, Ziegler Park. Registration is free, but required at LearningThroughArt.com. A recommended donation of $5 can also be made during registration.
- Sunday, September 24: Scavenger Hunt
Families will hunt for clues around Cincinnati to find Paige Turner, the Books Alive! For Kids® mascot owl and show their location with a selfie. The 10 best-liked photos will receive an anniversary prize from LTA. More details will be released closer to the event.