Literacy Coalition event celebrates ‘Dream Big: Read’

‘Dream Big: Read’ – The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is hosting a free literacy event called, “Dream Big: Read,” Sept. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School, 716 Academy St., Fulton. From left are Jeff Grimshaw, Oswego Superintendent Bill Crist, McClellan, artist Leslie Paice, arist Ken Blount, Nancy Fox, Beth Hilton, Sabine Ingerson, director, and Jennifer Cook.

The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is hosting a free literacy event called, “Dream Big: Read,” Sept. 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Fairgrieve Elementary School, 716 Academy St., Fulton.

The event is part of Oswego County Literacy Weekend, which begins with the Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest Friday, Sept. 21, sponsored by and benefiting Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County.

“The Dream Big: Read event promises to be a wonderful celebration of literacy and the joy of reading for all ages — from pre-school through adults,” said Jon Spaulding, president of the LCOC Leadership Council. “There will be a multitude of activities for families. Among these are door prizes, face painting, craft projects by CNY ARTS, light refreshments, and the Cat in the Hat character. Plus, kids are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite book character.

“The CNY Arts Center generously created two sets of three-feet tall wooden letters built by Oswego County BOCES students that spell ‘R-E-A-D.’ Each letter is brightly painted with messages and symbols about the joys of reading. The letters were designed and painted by artist Ken Blount. CNY Arts Center artists Bonnie McClellan, Leslie Paice and Diamond Chapman collaborated with Blount on painting. These are truly a highlight of the celebration and echo our ‘Dream Big’ theme.”

Also on display at the event will be an extensive exhibit of 60 unique works of art and literature provided by ARISE, an independent living center run by and for people with disabilities in Onondaga, Oswego and Madison counties, said Sabine Ingerson, director of ARISE’s Oswego County Offices. Each piece was created by a person with a disability ranging from multiple sclerosis, to physical disability, to mental health challenges.

“There’s a direct tie-in with literacy by the many poems that are within this exhibit,” Ingerson said. “Other media include acrylic and oil painting on canvas and paper, sculpture, wood working, paper casts, fiber art, and mixed media.

“In addition, we will have copies of ARISE’s Unique magazine that has the complete collection in color photos with backgrounds on each of the artists,” she added. “This is a truly moving exhibit and a testament to the artists’ success in rising above their respective disabilities.”

One of the most popular interactive attractions at the event will be “Recording Our Future,” said Jennifer Cook, chair of LCOC’s Event Committee.

“The project is a partnership between Oswego Middle School  and SUNY Oswego that allows OMS students to experience music through the use of audio recording and technology,” said Cook. “Students and faculty from SUNY Oswego work with the middle school music classes as they create their recordings, learn about various aspects of the music business and discover some career options for their future. At our event, people can sing-along to recorded tracks, make their own music, and learn about the technology involved in the recording industry.

In addition, children from around the county have been participating in local summer reading programs through the Oswego County Library Council and the top ten from each program will be entered in a contest to win prizes at this event.

The top prize is an e-reader donated by Chirello Advertising, Fulton.

“The goal of the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County is to empower our community to build literacy in a collaborative, inclusive and comprehensive manner,” said Spaulding. “The coalition is dedicated to supporting and expanding literacy services so that people can work, the economy can grow, families can thrive, and our community can prosper.”


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