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The Learning Center and Main Street Covington co-sponsor the 6th Annual Newton County Literacy Fest.
Community agencies provide fun educational activities for families
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The event schedule is as follows:
9:30 AM Sidewalk Chalk Art competition begins
10:00 AM Event Opens
10:00 AM Heavenly DanceSteps
11:00 AM Certified Literate Community Announcement and Proclamation of September asLiteracy Month
11:10 AM Announcement of Accelarated Reader program for NCPS
11:15 AM Oak Hill Elementary Chorus
11:30 AM Children's perfomer - BB Fuzz
12:00 PM Children's Character Parade
12:15 PM Montessori School of Covington
12:30 PM Sidewalk Chalk Art competition closed
12:30 PM Cousins Middle School Band
1:00 PM Sidewalk Chalk Art Winners Announced
1:30 PM Event Closes
The 6th Annual Newton County Literacy Festival, co-sponsored by The Learning Center and Main Street Covington, brings together organizations and agencies committed to educating families in a day of fun activities.  The Literacy Festival will be held on Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm on the Square in historic Covington.  Booths will offer activities for children such as arts and crafts, games, sidewalk chalk art, and a book walk, while adults can learn more about services offered by each organization.  New this year, Newton County Health Department will be offering seasonal flu shots at the event for $20.00 per person.  The festival is free to the public. 

The Literacy Festival Stage will provide entertainment throughout the event, including children’s performer BB Fuzz hosted by Arts Association in Newton County and sponsored by Main Street Covington; the Cousins Middle School Band; Oak Hill Elementary School Chorus; Montessori School of Covington; and Heavenly Dance Steps.  Also, because Tuesday, September 8 is International Literacy Day, some schools may be planning character parades during the week.  Students are invited to wear their character costumes to the Literacy Festival and to participate in a Character Parade.

The Sidewalk Chalk Art competition, begun in 2007, is open to students registering as individuals or group entries.  There is no cost to participate: a 12-pack of art chalk will be provided on a first-come first-serve basis to the first 30 individual participants; team entries must provide their own palette of chalk.  Drawing will begin at 9:30 am and ends at 12:30 pm for judging.  The theme for this year’s entries is “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”.  Participants can get a registration form from their school art teacher or by contacting The Learning Center.  Participants may register the day of the event if spaces are still available.   There is no charge for organizations or businesses to host a booth at the festival.  If your organization would like to have a booth at the 6th Annual Newton County Literacy Festival, contact Mollie Melvin, Executive Director of The Learning Center at 404.314.2615 or