DALTON, Ga. The importance of fostering a love of reading at an early age was on clear display Thursday afternoon at the Mack Gaston Community Center for the sixth annual Readers to Leaders Book Blast.
Greeting and checking people in to the event? Dalton Public Schools Interim Superintendent Don Amonett and Whitfield County Schools Superintendent Judy Gilreath.
But for the parents and their children, the event was equally important as it served as a kind of back-to-school kickoff and underscored for Denise Newman the vital role she says reading plays in any child's education.
"I think that reading to a child and having them develop a love of reading and stories is the most important thing you can do for a child," said Newman, who was there with four of her grandchildren, ages 6, 7, 8 and 11. "If they aren't exposed early, it is hard to build that love of reading."
Several storybook characters made appearances, including Curious George, Thing 1 from Dr. Seuss and a Minion. Also in attendance was Sparky, the Dalton Fire Department mascot.
Vendor booths from North Georgia EMC, WellCare Health Plans, Right from the Start Medicaid Outreach, Care Sources, Rice Family Chiropractic, Parents as Teachers, Northwest Georgia Regional ...