Several Atlanta-based celebrities and media personalities have signed on to lend their time and voices to Experience the Wonders of Literacy with Page Turners Make Great Learners, an interactive event held from 2 to 4 p.m.
The day’s guests will take the stage to read children’s classics. They will also explain what role reading plays in their respective occupations as well as field questions from audience members.
“Our main objective is to help children make the connection, from the classroom to the real world,” said FeFe Handy, president and CEO of Page Turners Make Great Learners.
Saturday’s guest list includes actress Terri J. Vaughn, award-winning illustrator Michael Allen Austin, Tyler Perry Studios President Ozzie Areu, CBS “Better Mornings” anchor Jocelyn Connell and “Atlanta Up Close” host Cynthia Mallard.
“Kids love their celebrities … this is a great opportunity to have them here to spark an interest in reading during the summer months when kids are not reading as often,” said Cumberland Mall marketing coordinator Arielle Logan.
Based on the buzz generated by “mommy” bloggers and via social media, organizers are expecting a large turnout at Cumberland.
Page Turners Make Great Learners, a Fulton County-based entity, has been organizing functions like these for the past decade.
The implications of its work are far-reaching, Handy noted.
“Statistics show that illiteracy is synonymous with joblessness, poverty and crime,” she said. “It really sets the foundation for life.”
Saturday’s gathering will also double as a school supply drive. Attendees are encouraged to donate items to Lift Up Atlanta.
“They put on drives like this throughout the summer … we thought it would be great to incorporate one into an event that promotes reading,” said Logan.
Book bags, paper, pencils and pocket folders are among the items being sought.