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12/12/2008

Christmas reading for children to be held at Discovery Park Campus

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus host a free children’s story reading on Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus. Dean Harry Swanson will be reading his holiday-themed short story, Christmas Fortune, for the community. [Contributed photo]
 

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park Campus host a free children’s story reading on Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. in the Jupiter Room of Discovery Park Campus. Dean Harry Swanson will be reading his holiday-themed short story, entitled Christmas Fortune for the community.

The story is appropriate for children of all ages, but older children (seven and up) and adults will enjoy it the most. “Because our main focus is to promote reading to youths as a way of improving scholarship,” says Swanson, “each child attending will be given a copy of this little book to take home and read for themselves and to their families.” If there are left over copies, they will be given to adult attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

The story is based on real-life events that occurred in the Alaskan coastal town of Valdez—home of the Trans-Alaskan Oil Pipeline Terminal—in the late 1980’s. “It’s an animal story that shows how perseverance builds the strength to overcome great adversity, a story that rewards insufferable misery with immeasurable joy, a story that glorifies the innocent and uncomplicated reasoning of children at Christmas time,” says Swanson. “You’re going to love it.”

For more information about this free holiday event or Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at 428-6260.

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