Celebrating literacy at the Rockford Rotary Book Fair

Published: Oct. 26, 2019 at 10:41 PM CDT
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Promoting the love of reading for Rockford elementary school students as the annual Rockford Rotary Book Fair set up shop at Cherryvale Mall's Barnes and Noble on Saturday.

From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to The Secret Garden, kids and families got to browse the shelves full of children's classics, all while raising money for their fellow classmates.

A portion of the proceeds from the book sale go directly to purchasing books for second graders in the Rockford School District. The Rockford Reads program pairs up students with volunteers who work one-on-one to strengthen their reading skills.

Our own Andy Gannon took over part of the lunch hour, reading to some of our area's little ones enjoying the fall day.

"If a student isn't reading at grade level by the time they reach third grade, it's very difficult to catch up, so second grade is critical to improve their reading skills. And we've also found that the one-on-one is important because there's a bonding then between the reader and the student," said Bob Presman.

Other celebrity readers at today's fair included Rockford Fire Chief Derek Bergsten and Mayor Tom McNamara.