What community is about: Working together, encouraging reading
by Sally Litchfield
June 21, 2014 10:53 PM | 1117 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s a beautiful thing when businesses, schools, churches and non-profit organizations all come together to build community. That’s exactly what happened on June 14 at Walton Village Apartments in Marietta. Each year, Walton Communities hosts a Book Parade to celebrate the reading accomplishments of the children who live in their community and to kick off the summer reading program, called WaltonReads!.

“When they are very young, children learn to read, and then they read to learn,” said Lynda Ausburn, one of the owners of Walton Communities. “It is so important to encourage children to love reading.”

The parade that included a Cub Scout troop, two churches, Hawkeye the Safety Mascot from the Cobb Safety Village, the Pebblebrook High School Marching band’s drumline and a whole host of parents and kids all dressed as their favorite book characters and marched through the main street of the community.

The parade culminated at the community’s Adventure Center (where an after-school enrichment and summer camp program for children are held) at its Five & Dime Book Sale, where books of all kinds could be purchased for just a nickel or a dime each. All the proceeds of the sale benefit the Calvary Children’s Home.

“Many congratulations to you and your staff on the lively, interesting and very well organized Book Sale,” said Tony Perera, a senior resident. “I thoroughly enjoyed myself. It didn’t take long for me to bag myself a few of the ‘good uns’ and all for a bank foreclosing amount of 30 cents.”

Following the parade and book sale, participants were treated to free hot dogs and ice cream, as well as cookie decorating, spin art, a bounce house and face painting for the kids — not to mention a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Encouraging reading. Working together. Families having fun — isn’t that what community is all about?

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On June 14, Marie and former Governor Roy Barnes were spotted in Buckhead at Chops Lobster Bar. The Marietta residents were accompanied by Roy’s brother, Ray, and his wife, Genevieve Barnes. Marie and Ray were celebrating their birthdays.

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Fashion spotlight of the week: Seen enjoying dinner with friends in a fabulous white swing coat splashed with bright colors — Saundra Fleming — glamorous enough for the red (Fleming) carpet.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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