Raising Readers in Wyoming

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7-year-old Mallik Young enjoys some time with Winnie the Pooh.
7-year-old Mallik Young enjoys some time with Winnie the Pooh.

Hundreds of parents and kids filled Sheridan Junior High Saturday, all part of the Raising Readers in Wyoming program. It was the 5th Annual Book Fest and Feast, to encourage parents to read to their kids.

Jolene Olson, Executive Director of Raising Readers in Wyoming gave us a peek at what
was on hand.

There were lots of activities for the attendees, including face painting, bucket raffles, door prizes and story times. Each child also received a brand new book. The morning started off with a free breakfast in which over 600 folks were fed.

But what caught the eye and brought smiles to the kids were the 20 storybook characters meandering through the crowd. We caught up with Mother Goose with goose in hand to get her take
on Raising Readers.

Now, the goose wasn't saying a whole lot, stuffed as he was, but Mother Goose had a
good explanation.

Yet,the goose plays an important part in the lives of
young readers.

Snow White was also there, awake from her nap, with this
message for kids.

While the story book characters had to return to story book land, Jolene Olson tells us why it is so important to read
to our kids.

The Bookfest and Feast was a huge success, raising over $8,000 for the Sheridan program.

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