Celebrating Literacy Month!


As you are probably aware, September is literacy month. Several Florida State Parks will host a day where residents can get in free with the donation of a book. But how are you going to celebrate this year?

Here is a list of different activities you can do! Feel free to add your suggestions!

  • Organize a special event to take place in your school and invite key people from government, business, education, and media to attend and participate. Ask an adult learner involved in a literacy program to give a testimonial.
  • Have older students make books of their own to be shared with younger students at their school on International Literacy Day.
  • Conduct a read-a-thon where individuals get sponsors to raise money for a community literacy program by reading.
  • Invite a publisher to your classroom to discuss how books are developed.
  • Approach a local bookstore about donating books for disadvantaged children, or to use as school prizes for reading awards.
  • Establish a book discussion group with adult learners.
  • Ask a manufacturer in your region to help heighten awareness about a reading or literacy topic. A supermarket might agree to print a literacy message on its shopping bags.
  • Organize an essay contest about “A Book That Changed My Life.”
  • Sponsor a book collecting drive. Give books to nursing homes, schools, and adult learner centers.
  • Sponsor a book reading with local authors reading their favorite book.
  • Ask your governor to get literacy on the National Governor’s Association’s agenda.
  • Invite key officials to sit in on a class at your community’s literacy center on Sept. 8.
  • Make Sept. 8 a Swap-a-Book day at your adult learner center. Have your students swap a book with another student and explain why they liked it.
  • Take learners to the library to get library cards.
  • Recognize community literacy centers in a press release or at an event.
  • Compile a calendar of book reading events. Distribute them throughout your community and schools.
  • Publicize and distribute a recommended list of books for beginner readers.
  • Sponsor a child or adult in a reading program.
  • Invite students, parents, or guests who have lived in other parts of the world to read a story from or to talk about literacy issues in those countries.
  • Form links with a school or educational group in another country and have letter-writing campaigns, book collections, and other activities that generate media and public interest in your school or group’s activities as well as interest in literacy issues in other parts of the world.
  • Invite city council members, the mayor, or other public officials to visit and observe classes.
  • Identify opportunities for adult learners to volunteer in children’s tutoring or mentoring programs.
  • Publish a book or e-book of learner writings and have a party to celebrate.
  • Announce a new partnership with another community organization.
  • Hand-deliver a list of student accomplishments to politicians, community leaders, and the media, with a cover note from the learners.
  • Take a field trip to a local literary landmark.
  • Publicize and distribute lists of recommended books for readers of all ages.
  • Give awards for reading achievement.
  • Compile a calendar of community book and reading events.
  • Sponsor a book fair

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