Reading Foundation awards $50 bond

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Edward A.G. Thompson, a 13-month-old Kingston boy, and his mother, Amanda, were the winners of a $50 U.S. Savings Bond awarded by the Children's Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

The bond was awarded during the Kingston Country Fair.

“This may be the start of Edward's college fund,” said Allen Lutz, board member for the Reading Foundation.

Sixty-two children were entered into the drawing for the savings bond.

“This is the first of many events in which the Reading Foundation will participate,” said Jim Leitnaker, president of the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley.

“On Oct. 13, we also participated in the Kingston Elementary School’s fall festival. We had another savings bond drawing there and had lots of information about the importance of reading to one’s children before they enter school and while in elementary school.”

At the country fair, Reading Foundation volunteers Lutz, Bonnie Anderson, Ralph Best and Sidney Horsfall talked with more than 100 parents about the importance of reading to their child 20 minutes a day.

“Because parents want the best for their children, we encourage them to begin a parenting practice which will benefit their child the rest of his or her life — reading aloud together 20 minutes a day from birth through elementary school,” Lutz said. “Children whose parents read with them learn to read early and well. It’s as simple as that.”

In addition to the savings bond drawing, more than 25 children received books donated by Roane Imagination Library, the local affiliate of Dolly Parton's early literacy program.

“The Children's Reading Foundation and Roane Imagination Library are working toward the same objective — instilling in children a love of reading and books,” said Jill McMaster, Roane Imagination Library coordinator.