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Polk County Public Schools participates in “The Big Read”
Polk County Public Schools participates in “The Big Read”

Winter Haven, Florida -- In January, Polk County Public Schools and a number of community businesses and organizations are scheduled to participate in a nationwide effort to increase literacy.

All middle and high schools in the District will join in activities organized by “The Big Read,” an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. This year’s theme is centered on the stories and poems of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe.

As part of the District’s efforts, students will also be exposed to a language arts curriculum that highlights some of the writer’s greatest works.

Featured events include:

• An interactive reading of “The Tell Tale Heart” on Friday, Jan. 4 at the monthly Pickin’ in the Park event in downtown Winter Haven. It will begin at 6:30 p.m.

• Polk State College will host a dramatic reading event scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22 at noon.

• Special events will be held at Bean and Grape Cafe. On Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. Peter Preston, a native of Richmond, VA where Edgar Allan Poe lived, will read Poe’s “Lines on Ale” and talk about life in the 19th century. 

The following readers will also make appearances at the Bean and Grape Café in the month of January: 

♦ On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Deric Feacher, Winter Haven City Manager will read an excerpt from “The Raven”

♦ On Wednesday, Jan. 23, Doug Lockwood, an attorney at Peterson & Myers, P.A., will read “The Tell Tale Heart.”

To view a full calendar of events for “The Big Read” visit: www.neabigread.org.

Release courtesy Polk County Schools.

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