By Tia Lynn Lecorchick, staff writer
Dozens of kids filled the Georgia Military College (GMC) Madison campus last Saturday for the school’s second annual Literary Fair, a free event to promote literacy among children. “We had a lot of fun last year and we wanted to make it bigger and better this year,” said Leigh Aldhizer, director of the GMC Madison campus. “We had a great turn out, despite the rain.” Groups from the Boys and Girls Club, from three different surrounding counties, participated in the fair. Kids from Morgan, Putnman and Greensboro showed up to learn about books, reading and while having fun playing games and eating lunch. “This year’s theme is Old MacDonald Had a Farm and promises to be a great day of fun and educational opportunities aimed at pre-k and elementary aged children,” said Velde Hardy, of Family Connection in Madison. Events included the Little Farmyard inflatable playground bouncy house, a visit by the Mobile Dairy Classroom that demonstrated how to milk to a cow, free book giveaways and registration by the Ferst Foundation, face-painting, cookie-making and a number of farm and animal story-related games and activities. The fair also featured interactive story activities centered around two popular children’s books, James and The Giant Peach and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Aldhizer hopes the community will be inspired to focus on improving literary skills for all ages through events like this. Michelle Dickens, an adjunct professor of psychology for GMC, organized the event this year with the GMC student government association. “The student government association really wanted to find ways to get more involved with the community,” said Dickens. “We want people to know that it’s never too young to start and never too old to finish,” said Aldhizer.