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Florida parks offer FREE admission for International Literacy Day
Florida parks offer FREE admission for International Literacy Day

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service will celebrate National Literacy Month with special events at state parks statewide. The month will be celebrated in conjunction with International Literacy Day on Sunday, Sept. 8 and National Library Card Signup Month.

Florida's state parks will offer free entrance on Sunday, Sept. 8 to visitors who bring a library card, a library book or who donate a new or gently-used, family friendly book.

"Literacy is very important for people of all ages," said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione, "We are excited to celebrate reading and provide the best spots in the state to curl up with a good book to enjoy nature and the great outdoors."

The Florida Park Service, Department of Education and Department of State have joined together to stress the importance of literacy for all ages. This partnership follows the summertime activities of Florida’s First Lady Ann Scott, who encourages children to read through her Summer Literacy Adventure. 

“Reading is the foundation for student learning and helps them prepare for success in life and in the classroom,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “Literacy Month puts a focus on strengthening students’ skills in a fun way. I encourage parents and their children to pick up a book and read together as they experience the wonderful adventures in state parks throughout the Sunshine State.“

More than 20 events are scheduled around the state in state parks throughout September. Statewide events will be held for children- giving them a chance to participate in activities that stress the importance of literacy.

Book fairs will assist with issuing library cards. Children will hear stories, read from a variety of books and partake in outdoor crafts and activities, as well as hear from authors and illustrators of children's books during hands-on sessions.

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