Last night at Birch Park, was the First Annual Awards Ceremony for the Literacy Council’s Bookcase for Every Child. Mike Kolasa is the Literacy Council’s Director. He is pictured with some of the bookcases and books that were awarded to 5th and 6th grade students. The students were: Ethan Bean, Kody Bean, Zaelin Bean, Tyriq Foster, Ahviana Johnkins, Justice Nelson, Earl Parker, Jenna Reese, and Rachel Wright. Many of these children have been involved with the Literacy Council of Alaska’s Birch Park After School Program.
Mayor Eberhart shared words of encouragement about the importance of reading and getting a good education, as important to getting a good job and career. The Mayor also described how books can open up whole new worlds, including other cultures and languages.
Books are a gateway to our past, present and future. Dr. Suess said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go!” Victor Hugo wrote, “To learn to read is to light a fire…”
Police Chief Randall Aragon has been very active in starting this project. He presented the history of the program and how it started in Fairbanks. The motto “Changing Lives Through Literacy, One Bookcase at a Time” is something the Literacy Council wants to continue here in Fairbanks.
The second picture shows Mayor Eberhart, some of the children, and Chief Aragon.