Author LaMarque Ward inspires young readers at Read Across Madisonville


Author LaMarque Ward

Aiken High School alumnus, LaMarque Ward, shared his love for writing with John P. Parker School students, parents and community members at the school’s fourth annual Read Across Madisonville event – a partnership among John P. Parker School, Artsville, Madisonville Education & Assistance Center and Rising Stars of America.

City of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley honored the event by naming March 14th “Read Across Madisonville Day.”

Ward is an award-winning author of four children’s books, a former professional basketball player and founder of the Cincinnati Dream Academy.

The event, part of John P. Parker School’s Family Literacy Night program, gives children and parents resources to inspire their love for reading and writing.

“We have a very strong commitment to early literacy,” said Pamela Knox, resource coordinator at John P. Parker School. “We wanted to gift the community with an opportunity to come together to share an author experience.”

Most of all, Knox hopes students take away a love for words.

In addition to receiving two signed books from Ward, attendees enjoyed a community meal, vocal performance by the Cincinnati Choral Academy, as well as prizes and raffle items.

Ward shared that his legacy is what inspired him most to become a writer and stressed the importance of taking ownership of doing great things. “We all have the responsibility to share our gifts, talents and treasures with the world,” Ward said.

Parents were in for a treat, too. They took home special gifts to help their children with reading.

“This event keeps the excitement for reading alive,” said John P. Parker School parent, Jonaya. “Letting the children meet authors allows that dream to open up.”

John P. Parker School hosts Family Literacy Night once a month.

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