Literacy is such an important skill, but not every child loves to read or even has access to books. #MacombReads aims to change that.
This third annual event was created through a partnership with Macomb County’s Department of Planning and Economic Development, County Executive Mark Hackel, all 21 of the county’s school districts and select local entities, including the Anton Art Center, United Shore Professional Baseball League and Jimmy Johns Field, All the World’s A Stage, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, the Detroit Zoo, and Detroit Public Television, with the sole purpose of inspiring kids to read.
“Literacy impacts so many aspects of a child’s life,” says Dr. Alesia Flye, the assistant superintendent for instruction and chief academic officer for the Macomb Intermediate School District. “If we can inspire students and give them an environment where they can appreciate and celebrate literacy, it adds value to the entire Macomb County community.”
The #MacombReads event, which happens on Nov. 6, 2021, is aimed at Pre-k through elementary students and will include a drive-thru and virtual activities again this year.
Starting at 9 a.m. and going until 3pm, this year’s event features a drive-thru component where families will be able to pick up a literacy bag filled with books and both STEM and art activities themed to a “Reading Road Trip.”
In addition, families that attend in-person will score some delicious Michigan cider and doughnuts, see the author of the Michigan Chillers series, Johnathan Rand, and hang out with costumed characters — including Roary, the Detroit Lion’s mascot — at a distance.
Virtual videos with Michigan-based authors and illustrators will also go live on the MISD website and will remain up for families to enjoy at their convenience through the end of the year. The virtual sessions include STEM and art activities for students as well.
#MacombReads is a free event open to all kids including those outside of Macomb County. Registration is required for the drive-thru portion of the event, but is not necessary for the virtual component. You can register and watch virtual events at misd.net/MacombReads.
“(Macomb Reads) is hands-down one of my favorite events throughout the year that we host for the community. When we get the chance to see students’ reactions as they’re receiving and enjoying books, that’s something I love seeing,” Flye says. “Anytime we can get books in the hands of children, it’s a win-win.”
This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated for 2021.