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This literacy program for young readers is leaping into the north part of Forsyth County
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Chestatee Elementary School - photo by Ben Hendren

Forsyth County Schools and the Forsyth County Public Library recently expanded its Leap into Literacy program to the Chestatee Elementary School area.

The Leap into Literacy program is designed to help young children develop early literacy skills and prepare for a successful start in school leading up to kindergarten. The program’s expansion is meant to give more families in Forsyth this opportunity by holding events outside of its usual event spaces, Cumming Elementary School and the Cumming Library.

For the first-ever Leap into Literacy event at Chestatee Elementary School, kids and their families can meet Taco Dragon from The New York Times-bestselling picture book “Dragons Love Tacos.” The event will be held at Chestatee Elementary on Monday, March 16, at 6 p.m. and again at Cumming Elementary on Wednesday, March 18, at 5:30 p.m.

During the event, participating families will enjoy a literacy-based storytime and puppet show before breaking off into smaller groups with librarians, educators and translators who will help practice with families ways to read, write, sing, talk and play with their young kids that promote and develop the early literacy skills that they will need before entering kindergarten.

“When we talk with families participating in Leap into Literacy, we’re giving them materials and simple techniques to help encourage their children in learning,” said Amy Szvetecz, youth services supervisor at the Hampton Park Library. “Our intent is to help young children, especially those who are not enrolled in a preschool program, build and feel confident in their literacy skills so they enter kindergarten ready to fully participate.”

FCS and the FCPL plan to continue to expand the program for families in Forsyth County, and they will hold one more event over the summer at Cumming Library and Hampton Park Library. Program events for the 2020-21 academic year will be announced in the fall.