Stevens Point organizations ignite literacy efforts
Worzalla, Boys & Girls Club of Portage County hosted group reading sessions for youth
FOR THE GAZETTE
STEVENS POINT — Worzalla, an employee-owned book printer, partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of Portage County to help local youth celebrate National Book Lovers Day Aug. 9. Worzalla associates and Boys & Girls Club of Portage County members hosted three group reading sessions across three Stevens Point area locations.
“National Book Lovers Day gives people an opportunity to celebrate the impact literature has on education and storytelling across the world,” said Rich Letchinger, Vice President of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer at Worzalla. “Worzalla is committed to encouraging reading among community youth and our group reading sessions were a great way to inspire youth to read while sharing and discussing their favorite books.”
Worzalla associates read classic stories out loud to 40-plus youth attendees, including Wisconsin author and illustrator Kevin Henkes’ “Chrysanthemum.” In addition, Worzalla’s big blue book mascot Paige Turner distributed free books and greeted youth before and after the reading sessions.
“Reading out loud as a group helps students build a sense of community while also fostering a positive connection with reading,” said Danielle Belsky, Director of Operations at Boys & Girls Club of Portage County. “Reading plays a big role in students’ educational development. It’s especially important for younger students to feel comfortable and confident reading, and these events helped make that feeling reality.”
Event locations included Stevens Point area education and community centers Berard Center, McKinley Elementary, and the Schierl Center.
Worzalla has a history of supporting literacy and learning in the community, such as supporting area schools, donating books and sponsoring related events. Worzalla prints many popular children’s books and is best known for being the domestic manufacturer of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. More information is available at Worzalla.com.
Worzalla is an employee-owned printing company headquartered in Stevens Point. Founded in 1892, Worzalla has 130 years of experience in creating high-quality custom products for its customers. Worzalla specializes in the production of cookbooks, children’s and lifestyle books, and is dedicated to exceeding expectations for quality, service, and delivery. From small to large publishers, Worzalla is the printer the industry turns to for manufacturing high profile projects and award-winning books. With numerous industry awards for safety and workplace culture, Worzalla is consistently ranked as one of the top places to work in central Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.worzalla.com.