The Daily Express

Elementary Students Learn about Improving the World at "Literacy Exploration Day" Monday at Owens

Approximately 55 elementary students from Newbury Elementary (1040 Newbury St.) will learn about ways to improve the world inspired through literature as Owens Community College hosts "Literacy Exploration Day" Monday, April 15.

Beginning at 10 a.m., students will be separated into four groups and participate in activities involving artistic expression inspired and based on thematic literature that encourages and promotes positive, kind behavior.

"The students also will decorate quilt squares with the notion of portraying symbols which represent the students' ideas on how to improve the world," said Sabrina Schwartz, Owens Associate Professor of Arts and Sciences. "The finished quilt will be displayed on the Owens campus and ultimately be presented to Newbury Elementary to hang in their school."

Students will participate in a variety of literacy activities throughout the day which include singing, arts and crafts, narrative stories, lunch and more.

Owens President Christa Adams, Ph.D., as well as Toledo Police and Fire Academy students will be among those who read to the elementary students from books, which include We Dream of a World... and The Brand New Kid. The College's faculty, staff and students and the community also will be assisting the elementary students in variety of literacy activities.

"Literacy Exploration Day is a great opportunity for students to experience the excitement of reading, as well as recognizing opportunities to promote goodness in the world," Schwartz said.

On the Toledo-area and Findlay campuses, Owens serves more than 36,000 credit and non-credit students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and the lowest tuition in Northwest Ohio. Owens offers over 100 career-oriented programs and majors in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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