SCHENECTADY — Hundreds of kids and families descended on Proctors this past weekend for a new event, the Grand Reading Jamboree, organized by Al Magid of Niskayuna.
The jamboree, which Magid has planned for more than a year, had the goal of sparking interest in reading and literacy among Schenectady families and children.
Each of Schenectady’s 11 elementary schools contributed themed murals that served as stations for a variety of arts and crafts activities, all centered around the importance of reading.
Children’s book authors visited the event, and organizers handed out hundreds of free books. Organizers said they registered more than 800 people at the Saturday event.
“Schenectady’s children attending the Jamboree were introduced to the excitement and fun of reading,” organizers said in a prepared statement.
The organizers raised thousands of dollars to support the event – which was catered by students in the Steinmetz culinary program – and arranged for CDTA to provide free transportation from a throughout the city.
Magid runs the Reading is Fund program, which brings volunteers into Schenectady schools to work with students on literacy.