Project to celebrate birthday involves reading

Andrew Snorton

Project to celebrate birthday involves reading
August 18
05:05 2016


A Wake Forest University alumnus will celebrate his birthday with the community.

The alumnus, Andrew Snorton, will coordinate a program called  “The Literacy Project.” It will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Malloy-Jordan East Winston Heritage Center, 1110 E. Seventh St. in Winston-Salem.

Snorton says the purpose is to provide a push and encouragement for students in grades K-12 and adults to embrace and improve their consistency with reading.

“It’s something I want to do as it ties in with my birthday,” Snorton said. He adds, “I’ve always done a community service and outreach piece when celebrating my birthday; this year, my focus is on the encouragement of reading, as it truly is a powerful means of learning.”

Every half-hour on the hour (11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.), group readings will be conducted to help demonstrate and model the overall importance. Those who attend the program are asked to bring a book that is grade-level appropriate. Topics and content of books desired for students include economics and finance, science and technology, and history (including African-American and other cultures).

For adults, similar topics are requested, along with self-help books, how-to topics including cooking and home improvement, and health and wellness.

Those who want to make a monetary donation should donate a gift card to a local bookstore in the amount ranging from $8 to $31. Snorton’s birthday is on Aug. 31.

Any books that are not picked up during the book exchange will be donated to a local school (or schools), library or other community-based organization. The beneficiaries of the books will be announced the day of the event.

For details on participation, readers are encouraged to contact Snorton at email: or; or phone: 770-364-9426. Interested people also can contact Solomon Quick at for further information.

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