Families Fly High With Reading

September 12, 2004--Posted at 10:30 p.m. CDT

HARDY--The Sharp County Literacy Council, along with the City of Hardy, hosted the second annual Kite Festival on Sunday.

The festival raises money for the Literacy Council in Sharp County.

Janoel Bess is the Kite Festival Chairperson.

"These are kites that the children actually build. They follow instructions, put it together, decorate it, attach the string, tail, and fly it,"said Bess.

One main focus for the council is the children.

Reading to them, with them, and keeping families reading together.

The council also offers services to surrounding areas including Izard and Fulton counties.

Now, out of the 62 councils in Arkansas, the literacy council in Sharp County is one out of only two that is run completely by volunteers.

Members of the Sharp County Literacy Council say the main goal of the event is simple.

They all stress the importance of teaching children to read a young age.