Third annual S.U.P.E.R. Day to promote literacy throughout the community

Marshall University’s College of Education and Professional Development is sponsoring the third annual Students Using their Powers to Engage in Reading Day Sept. 28 to celebrate fluency.

Students from the surrounding area will be able to experience educational games and meet characters from popular children’s shows as well as spend time with the Thundering Herd basketball team, cheerleaders and Marco.

President Gilbert started S.U.P.E.R. Day two years ago, and he will be reading to the attending children this year.

Students ranging from kindergarten age to seniors in high school are welcome to participate in the activities.

During S.U.P.E.R. Day, students will partake in fluency activities in the Rec, and middle and high school students will take a tour of campus. Marshall faculty will read to different schools in the area.

Program coordinator Mindy Backus said she is excited for this year’s event after the great turn out the last two years.

“It’s truly just a literacy campaign,” Backus said. “To show the importance of reading from preschool all the way up to adulthood.”

After the students spend a day reading with the people of Marshall, they return home with a mission: to either read to their parents or have their parents read to them, Backus said. Afterward, parents can log onto Backus’s website in order to submit what was read, and the student will be entered into a raffle.

Madison Davis can be contacted at [email protected]