Be There: Heroes Read

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  In school, children learn the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic, but what if they don't grasp one of those subjects? That's where the Muscogee County Literacy Alliance comes in.

In this week's "Be There" News Leader Nine tells us about some of their events that help kids hit the books.

For the second year in a row the Literacy Alliance is hosting a "Heroes Read" event, introducing children to the ease and fun of picking up a book.

Patrick Riesenberg is on the Board of Directors with the Literacy Alliance. He said, "It's important because it gives us the opportunity to help create the desire for students to learn. Obviously literacy is the cornerstone of any education. Being able to read is a fundamental skill you have to have in order to grasp the concept in school and make sure you're ready to develop to move along."

Throughout the year the organization also hosts other programs like the Dictionary Project and Kindergarten Readiness.

Riesenberg told News Leader Nine, "Just engaging with children, being there to help them, showing them people care about them and want to read to them. It makes them excited and creates that desire for them to read."

And they say it's easy for families to encourage their kids to love reading, too. Parents can get their children excited about homework, and just take a few extra minutes to read a book with them.

"One of the simplest things is to read to them. It doesn't have to be complicated or long books. Even reading words off the television, anything that engages parents and helps them interact with their children," Riesenberg added.

The Literacy Alliance is holding their "Real Heroes Read" event Sunday, August 22nd at the Macon Road Library. It's free to the public and will go on from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

It's just a great way to show your kids that learning can be fun for the whole family, plus they'll get to meet a few local heroes who use reading in their jobs everyday.

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