BANGOR, Maine — On the first school day after one of the nation’s worst school shootings, nearly 100 families gathered in the Capehart neighborhood at the Davis Road Community Center in Bangor. Parenting adults accompanied their elementary school children and gathered as a community in support of their children’s early literacy and school development.
Co-sponsors Community Partnerships for Protecting Children and Literacy Volunteers of Bangor provided dinner, had University of Maine literacy education professor Susan Bennett-Armistead read aloud children’s books, and then gave away hundreds of donated children’s books given by employees from Affiliated of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems to the families that attended.
The event’s attendance surpassed organizers’ expectations. “Every time we sponsor an event in this neighborhood, we are thrilled by how many come out to support their community,” said CPPC coordinator Tom Grogan.
Children and parents enjoyed the event. One mother remarked that her child couldn’t believe free books were available and wished there were more reading events like this. Another parent posted this on the Facebook event site, “The kids had a blast at Family Reading Adventure. There were so many books to choose from. Thank you Literacy Volunteers.”
Several participants signed sympathy cards for the Newtown, Conn., community as a show of parental solidarity and empathy.
For information, call Literacy Volunteers of Bangor at 207-947-8451, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.lvbangor.org.