The City of Apalachicola Project Impact After-school and Summer Enrichment Program held its “Annual Read across Apalachicola” event March 18, as part of the programs 2015 Spring Break Camp. Both the reading event and the camp are under the auspices of Barbara Lewis, Coordinator for Project Impact at the city site located inside the Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., Recreation & Community Service Complex.
Each year Lewis schedule’s a group of Project Impact students to travel across town to be read to by elected officials and community leaders. This year the students made their first stop at the office of Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson. The mayor read from a children’s book titled, “Little Blue Truck Leads the Way”. After the reading the mayor distributed to the students for use at home reading books, coloring books, pencils, pens and candy courtesy of the City of Apalachicola and Franklin’s Promise Coalition.
Escorted by Apalachicola Police Officer Sgt. Wesley Creamer the students left the Mayor’s Office en route to the Franklin County Courthouse to continue their annual quest. Upon their arrival the students separated into two groups, the older children gathered on the front exterior steps of the courthouse and were greeted by Loren Luberto, out of the Finance Office and Mona Moffett out of Child and Civil Division, both employees of Marcia Johnson, Franklin County Clerk of Circuit Court. Luberto read to the students while Moffett looked on.
The younger students met in the office of Rhonda Skipper, Franklin County Property Appraisal. Skipper, accompanied by Brenda Benjamin her Executive Administrator read to the students from a book titled, “Forest Animals”, afterwards they treated the students to candy.
The event concluded under the shady oaks in Battery Park where the students dined on lunches brought in by Abraham Hartsfield and Earl Mosley, both of which are enrollees in the Work Experience Training Program sponsored by CareerSource Gulf Coast. Drinks and popsicles were also made available to the students courtesy of Apalachicola Police Officer Lt. Pamela Lewis.