Local Literacy Festival Celebrates Reading


OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Reading is the key to everything. At least, that’s the message that a handful of Omaha schools have celebrated today.

Students from Holy Name, Miller Park, Minne Lusa and Nelson Mandela heard testimonials from nationally renowned authors and illustrators Frank Morrison and Juana Martinez Neal and participated in interactive workshops led by students from Concordia Education.

It was all part of the first annual Plum Creek Literacy Festival in Miller Park.

Nelson Mandela principal Susan Toohey said bringing books and friendship together is a great way to celebrate reading and literacy.

“Nelson Mandela is a completely independent school from the Omaha public school system or from the Catholic school system and we believe we have the opportunity to share our resources and so we have opened up to a few other schools,” she said. . “We started small. This is the first time that we are doing this festival. We hope to make it even bigger in the future and use Miller Park as well. It is such a beautiful park.

Toohey said it’s important to get kids interested in reading early on because studies show that students who read at their grade level in grade three do better in life.

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