United Way Reading Festival Promotes Child Literacy

United Way Reading Festival Promotes Child Literacy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Children begin to develop their language skills in the first three years of their life, so the Sioux Empire United Way hopes to stress the importance of child literacy.

Hundreds of families gathered for United Ways 17th Annual Reading Festival.

A variety of organizations showed their support with children’s activities plus entertainment from Phil Baker.

United Way’s Annie Miller encourages parents to read to their children, and she says that it’s crucial to kid’s develop.

“Being able to read to your children at such a young age helps them as they develop at an early age going into school. It’s just a great way to encourage young readers to come out really emphasize on their imagination,” says Miller.

Readers of all ages were provided a free book and miller credits Imagination Library as a great resource for parents.

“If your kids are receiving a book in the mail they love having that option to have their own personal piece of mail and having that free book is a great opportunity for them,” says Miller

Addison Sylvester is 9 years-old and is an avid reader. She even read on the way to the festival.

Addison says she knows the importance of a good book.

“Because you can learn a lot from reading and because it’s fun. It’s just more fun than watching TV,” says Addison.

The festival began in 2001 and has provided more than 11,000 books to children since.

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