A first time event at Mark Twain Elementary School in Niles aims to promote summer reading and fun, informative ways to keep kids busy during the summer.
The East Maine Dist. 63 school's Family Literacy Night and Community Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the school gym at 9401 Hamlin Ave. It will feature representatives from local businesses and organizations promoting activities for students during the summer.
"The literacy end of it will feature guest readers, like the mayor of Niles, someone from the Niles Public Library and Mark Twain's Principal, Nickki Gross," said Dettloff. "We also are having a 'make and take' session. The students will be making a journal and a bookmark."
Fifty families have made their reservations so far. Every student that attends will receive goodie bag promotions from businesses and get to select a free book.