Reading on the River “Read with Leaders” Tent Schedule

The Service League of Natchitoches welcomes all children to attend Reading on the River this Saturday, March 6, 2021, from 10am-1pm on the Natchitoches Riverbank. Reading on the River is the organization’s annual free literacy event promoting the importance and enjoyment of reading outside the classroom. Each child will be able to pick out a book to take home and can enjoy fun activities and crafts at the 22 different booths lined up down the riverbank.

One of the main features of the day will include the “Read with Leaders” tent where community leaders will participate in reading stories aloud to kids. Each reading session is approximately 30 minutes long and will take place at the tent in front of the stage. The schedule for each reading session is below.

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Natchitoches Parish President John Richmond and wife, Kathy Richmond

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM NSU President, Dr. Chris Maggio and wife, Jennifer Maggio

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Natchitoches Fire Department & Sparky the Fire Dog

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams, Jr.

12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Andy Field, a voice actor who will utilize his gifts to read and entertain. He will also read several books in Spanish for a bilingual story time.

Our country is facing a literacy crisis. Currently, 63% of fourth graders read below grade level. Sadly, children who aren’t reading at grade level by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school, limiting their life opportunities. Increasing familiarity with books and language early in a child’s life can help address the literacy crisis. The Service League’s goal for this event is to unite with community partners and encourage a new generation of young readers by exposing them to the wonderful world of books. We hope you will join us!