Championing children’s books and the joy of family reading, the 2nd Annual Geneva Reads Children’s Book Fest brought hundreds of community members together to celebrate the theme of the festival this year, “PAWS to READ.”
Like last year, Book Fest 2010 was a huge success, with a variety of reading-related activities, crafts, giveaways, and storybook characters to enjoy. Book Fest activities included sponge prints, face painting, mask making, and bookmaking to increase the children’s curiosity for reading and learning in a fun, hands-on way.
The Geneva Reads Initiative is a partnership between schools and libraries, government and community agencies, and others in Geneva, to raise the level of literacy in people of all ages and to increase the importance of reading and the reader in the community.
Immediately following Book Fest, the Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) recognized students who have been engaged and dedicated to service in the 2009-2010 academic year. The Compass Award, given to seniors who have had a consistent and significant impact on CCESL (and therefore also the Colleges and extended community), was presented to Kerry Cahill, Kielynn Banker, Michael Austerlitz, Clifford Gardner and Kelsey Lagana.
Ryan Kincaid ’11, Stacey Rice ’11 and Adam Law ’12 were awarded the Civic Leadership Award in recognition of valuable contributions to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva communities through dedicated service and engagement as a civic leader. This award is presented to students who have excelled in community service endeavors and become personally invested with related social justice issues, becoming civically engaged. Their ongoing involvement with CCESL programs have impacted and empowered others and, therefore, left a legacy upon the campus and extended community.
Among the honored volunteers were this year’s Tutors of the Month. Tutors of the Month for the fall 2009 semester include Amil Shah ’12, Molly Rosenthal ’11, Mirabelle Thevenin ’12, Erin Deremer ’10, Kimberly Pinto ’12 and Courtney Brodie ’13. Tutors of the Month for the spring 2010 semester include Katherine Sullivan ’11, Khalym Burke-Thomas ’13, Kelly Morrell ’10, Keira Carmichael ’13, Katrina Havrish ’13, Grant Pappas ’13, Drew Monroe ’12, Elizabeth Perry ’12 and Elizabeth Witbeck ’10.
“These students make up our ‘varsity team’ of Community Service,” says Katie Flowers, associate director of CCESL. “We’re very proud of and very thankful for all the hard work they put in throughout the year.”