Celebrating the importance of reading and writing, Marion G. Vedder Elementary School in North Babylon hosted its annual Literacy Day. “Literacy Day’s goal is to highlight the importance of literacy to our individual students, as well as our community,” said Principal Kerry Larke. “It is a chance to celebrate the fact that we are all readers and writers.”

Spotlighting authors from the New York-area, classes adopted and studied the works of local authors. Throughout the day, students read stories, wrote letters and enjoyed special guest readers. “Literacy Day is also a chance for us to all sit back and listen to some good stories and experience the joy of a good book,” said Mrs. Larke. “We are so often caught up in reading for meaning or information that we forget that there should be reading for pleasure, as well.”

To conclude the day of literacy, the site-based team hosted a special Authors and Illustrators Night. The evening allowed students and their families the opportunity to meet and greet New York-based authors and illustrators.

Literacy Day is held annually and tied into the PTA’s Parents as Reading Partners program. During PARP, students are encouraged to spend at least 20 minutes a day, at least five times a week, with an adult partner. The theme for this year’s PARP program is “Readers Go for the Gold,” tying the literacy program into the winter Olympics.