KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Children are encouraged to read by dancing. Local organizations are using some convincing ways to get kids to read. We stopped by one of the Mid-Columbia libraries in Kennewick where volunteers from AmeriCorps were putting on an event to encourage children to read more.
They do this during school breaks for children all over the area. We're told it's interactive stuff like dancing that will keep kids reading when they're not in school. AmeriCorps Member Alexandria Moss says "yesterday we had a mad scientist come in and Old Man Winter come and talk to the kids. Today we have some dancers coming in and they're going to do Native American songs."
Thursday is the last day children can come in and experience something new and even get a free book before they leave. AmeriCorps is involved with other academic programs that have boosted academic success for schools in our area.