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Organization aims to promote love of reading with Story Walk

Its purpose is to bring reading outside of the classroom allowing children and families to read as they play.
Credit: Marlen Trevino

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Junior League of San Angelo held its Story Walk grand opening Saturday afternoon on the Red Arroyo Trail across from Unidad Park.

Activities at the grand opening included games, free books, and snacks.

Its purpose is to instill a love of reading in children while increasing their reading proficiency.

It consists of a children’s book, more than likely an early- to mid-reader, posted on several posts along the trail.

“That’s going to allow kids and families to read as they’re out playing,” Amanda Bragg, Junior League of San Angelo president, said. “Part of it is to bring books to a different place other than the classroom.”

The organization hopes the Story Walk will promote the love of reading in children.

“When you look at when the best time to learn how to read, it’s usually between kindergarten and second grade,” Bragg said. “If they don’t learn how to read by second grade, then they are not prepared to learn everything else that they need to learn.”

Some families who frequent the park think it is a good idea, while others would like to see similar projects in other parts of the City of San Angelo.

Elizabeth Alexander said she brought her children to play at the park and found about the event.

“I think that’s a great idea,” she said.

Amber Medhart and her family visit the park frequently, however, Saturday they were there to promote reading and for a new adventure.

“I think it’s an interesting concept,” Medart said. “You’ve got exercise and literature put together."

Medart said she will probably bring her children more often to play and to see the new books. 

The organization is hoping to expand to several parks throughout the City.

“We do have funding for maybe two smaller Story Walk already,” Bragg said. “Our hope would be to have one at almost every park in the City.”

The posts are permanent, and the organization will change the books approximately every two to three months.


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