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Second Annual Literacy Renaissance Festival
Set for April 29 in Carson Park

 MAILED:  April 26, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will join several community organizations to host the second annual Literacy Renaissance Festival Thursday, April 29, in Carson Park.

The event, which will feature UW-Eau Claire theater students and storytellers dressed as children’s book characters, will run from 5-8 p.m. in the Oak and Pine pavilions at Carson Park.

UW-Eau Claire students regularly volunteer to help area pre-school and elementary school students develop their reading skills through programs such as Jumpstart, America Reads and the Reading Partner Program, said Don Mowry, director of the university’s Center for Service-Learning.

The literacy festival will bring together university student volunteers, the children they tutor and their families to celebrate the joy of reading, Mowry said.

Festival activities will include storytelling, puppet shows and creating books. A potluck dinner will be served from 5:30-6 p.m., with interactive activities then running from 6 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m. Reading Partner Program and First Book volunteers will distribute books during the festival in the Oak Pavilion.

Participating community agencies include the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Indian Waters Girls Scouts, Chippewa Valley Museum and the Family Strengthening Project of the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association.

For more information about the festival or about UW-Eau Claire’s students’ volunteer activities, contact Donald Mowry, director of UW-Eau Claire’s Center for Service-Learning, at (715) 836-4649 or dmowry@uwec.edu.

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Updated: April 26, 2004