Rim Country Children Enjoy Newspaper Event

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Local children from Payson Community Kids, Head Start and Rim Country Literacy enjoyed learning about newspapers and reading at a program held at the Payson Public Library on Saturday. Educational activities were presented by volunteers from Arizona Press Women and Rim Country Literacy. A special guest, The Cat in the Hat (Gail Gorry), delighted the youngsters with her reading of a Dr. Seuss book.

Pat Oso, newspapers in education (NIE) coordinator for the Arizona Newspapers Association, led the educational activities involving print newspapers. Carol Itule, NIE coordinator for The Arizona Republic, supplied activity books and resource materials for the workshop. Following a pizza lunch, the youngsters spent some time in the library's children's room and 15 received their first library cards.

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Arizona Press Women and Rim Country Literacy expressed thanks to the the Payson Roundup, The Arizona Republic, Rim Country Gazette and the Payson Patriot for supplying newspapers for the event.

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Gail Hearne, a member of Arizona Press Women, teaches children from Rim Country Literacy about using new words from a newspaper, photo at right. The Cat in the Hat read parts of the Payson Roundup during the event. Children enjoy the Cat in the Hat at the Newspapers and Families Workshop Feb. 9. The event was jointly sponsored by Arizona Press Women, Arizona Newspapers Association and Rim Country Literacy associations.

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