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Skate for Literacy to help area children

March 30, 2001

The public is asked to enjoy a night of ice skating and help wipe out illiteracy in the community.

The Annual Skate for Literacy event will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Munn Ice Arena. The program invites visitors to contribute money to ice skate. Donations go to the Capital Area Literacy Coalition, to help children learn how to read.

“With the money we get we can buy books for them. Most of our books are donated, but sometimes the kids want a particular book, so we go out and buy it,” said Sarah Bronson, AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service of America and co-coordinator for the Student Literacy Corps.

She also said the money will go toward buying educational games and other education items.

The program was first initiated in 1997 by the Student Michigan Education Association. This year it is sponsored by the Student Literacy Corps, which recruits MSU students to read to children.

“It is a wonderful fund-raiser and we are really hoping to get the word out that there are people, not just children, who need help reading,” Bronson said.

Visitors can strap on their skates with Sparty, and junior defenseman Jon Insana and senior left wing Sean Patchell of the MSU hockey team.

Students who attend can also inquire about tutoring children in neighboring schools.

“We recruit MSU students to do one-on-one tutoring to help each student accomplish their education needs,” said Kathy Brennan, an AmeriCorps volunteer.

Brennan said students interested in education can work for the summer tutoring program and gain experience working with children.

Event organizers hope the public will take the time to stop in and participate in a night of fun for a good charity.

“It is a great fund-raiser and I think literacy is a wonderful thing to promote, not just for children but also for adults,” said education senior Kelly Meyer, co-president of the Student Michigan Education Association.

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