Project LAUNCH Georgia promotes reading in Muscogee County

These are just a few of the 200 books Schley County Middle High School received as part of the Library of Congress's surplus books program.
These are just a few of the 200 books Schley County Middle High School received as part of the Library of Congress's surplus books program.

COLUMBUS, Ga — March 2 is “Read Across America Day,” aimed at getting kids to pick up books!  In honor of the day, Project LAUNCH Georgia is holding literacy awareness events across the state.

The celebrations include “Let’s Read Muscogee,” an event that is sponsoring reading awareness at 23 institutions in our area that serve children across the Valley.

“The significance is really to link Muscogee with a nationwide, national reading initiative that encourages children to read. We’re donating books throughout the county, so we’re thrilled about it,” says Mia Neal, Project LAUNCH Georgia Coordinator.

Community volunteers are set to participate by reading to children at one of several locations, including:

  • Fort Benning day care centers
  • Great Start Georgia-Healthy Families & Parents as Teachers
  • Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Pre-K Center (Muscogee County School District)
  • YMCA
  • Sky Clubhouse
  • Early Head Start/Head Start
  • Columbus Community Center
  • Easter Seals West Georgia.

News 3’s own Joe Ripley and Teresa Whitaker will join in by volunteering to read to local children Thursday morning.

Employees from Midtown Medical, Babies Can’t Wait, Columbus Health Department Nursing Division, Columbus Pediatric Association, Valley Healthcare System, the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, and New Horizons Behavioral Health are also on board to assist with the events.

For more information on Project LAUNCH Georgia, call 706-321-6322 or 844-DREAMGA.  You may also visit www.BigDreamsGA.org.

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