Thursday, October 23, 2008

The 4th Annual Read & Romp

The 4th annual Read & Romp took place at the State Museum on October 19, and was a massive success.

Hundreds of children with parents in tow appeared, migrating from activity tables to arts & crafts to book readings. Kids carried their passports containing the names of every activity throughout the museum, and didn't leave until every space was stamped complete. LISSA's volunteers participated in separate areas -- Thomas Maluck spent his time commandeering an arts & crafts table that helped children decorate their own masks. Another volunteer showed up inside a Clifford The Big Red Dog outfit for photo shoots and encouraging kids to read.

The event lasted from 1 to 4 pm, and cheerily chugged along through the sheer will of its volunteers. Photographers from Charleston asked event coordinators about setting up their own Read & Romp in the near future, as crowds of participants left more slowly than they entered, weary from their day of fun.

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