Hattiesburg reading fair promotes literacy

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Nearly four hundred students from South Mississippi were represented Wednesday at a book festival held at Hattiesburg's Lake Terrace Convention Center.

The regional event brought together hundreds of students in grades kindergarten through the twelfth that love to read. All of the students created a visual presentation that described a particular book they enjoyed reading.

Judges viewed these displays and awarded first place honors to students in fourteen categories. Those students will now compete at the upcoming state reading fair, which is happening this May in Jackson. Mary Walters helped coordinate the book festival.

Walters said, "The point of it is to promote literacy and to have children excited about books and reading. One of the reasons for the display is to encourage someone else to read that book."

Students from thirty eight school districts across South Mississippi participated in the day long reading fair.

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