Kevin Faulk of the New England Patriots will join Medford and Somerville children to celebrate 10 years of Tufts' annual "Read by the River"

March 26, 2009

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Kalimah Redd Knight

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. -- Tufts Hillel will host the 10th annual "Read by the River" literacy fair on Sunday, March 29, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Gantcher Center at Tufts University. Special guests this year will include New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk, Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn and Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone.

 WHAT:

This year's event has been expanded to include elementary students from Somerville as well as Medford and organizers expect more than 850 kids to attend. Designed to promote the importance of early childhood literacy, student volunteers will transform the Gantcher Center at Tufts into a literacy event with the theme "Books 'n Beantown." There will be 25 booths set up with games, arts and crafts, a scavenger hunt and bean bag toss. Contests this year will reflect the Boston theme with Boston team jerseys, Boston attractions and Boston trivia. Students will also have the opportunity to turn in book reports (found at www.readbytheriver.org) to receive free books as well as participate in reading circles.

WHO:

Students from kindergarten to fifth grade (more than 850 expected to attend)

New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk (scheduled to appear at 1:15 p.m.)

Medford Mayor Michael J. McGlynn and Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone (scheduled to appear at 12:45 p.m.)

200 volunteers from Tufts University, the City of Medford fire and police departments, and the City of Somerville fire and police departments

WHEN:

Sunday, March 29, from 12 noon to 3 p.m.

WHERE:

Tufts University, Gantcher Center, 161 College Avenue, Medford, Mass.

SPONSORS:

Read by the River is a Tufts Hillel initiative that is made possible by many sponsors, including the New England Patriots, National Amusements, Scholastic, City of Medford, Medford fire and police departments, City of Somerville and the Somerville fire and police departments. Local books stores, Scholastic and Tufts students have donated books for the event and National Amusements has donated free movie passes.