The 8th Annual Reading on the River Promotes Love of Reading to Our Area’s Children

The Service League of Natchitoches held Reading on the River, the league’s annual literacy event for children, on Saturday, March 4 at the downtown riverbank. NSU’s Vic the Demon and NRMC’s Dr. Phyllis Mason led an eclectic group of local celebrities who read to children throughout the event.

Children and parents filled bags with free books from a large selection spread out on tables under the shade of the riverbank stage. The Natchitoches community made this possible by participating in Service League book drives.

Families also enjoyed literacy themed crafts and activities as they strolled through over 25 booths sponsored by area day care facilities, educational and civic groups.

The Service League of Natchitoches has been a fixture of our area’s philanthropic scene for the past 73 years. The group boasts 52 active members supported by over 400 sustainers (former members who have completed their six year terms.) The annual Reading on the River event is just one of the many service projects this phenomenal group of women do in order to make our community a better place to live.