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Education profs to appear on WAVY-TV's 'Kid Talk' and 'Bottom Line' shows this weekend

Faculty members from Old Dominion University's Department of Teaching and Learning will be guests on two local television shows this weekend.

Lea Lee and Gail Singleton Taylor will be guests on the WAVY-TV "Kid Talk" show, scheduled to air at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 27. They will share tips on how to have a fun and safe spring break with students from Mack Benn Elementary School in Suffolk.

Lee and Taylor also will talk briefly about the ODU Darden College of Education's sponsorship of the upcoming, community-wide Big Read project, which was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Part of a nationwide initiative, the Big Read is designed to promote reading among adults in Hampton Roads ethnic communities. The ODU professors will promote the reading of Amy Tan's groundbreaking novel, "The Joy Luck Club."

The official kickoff for the Big Read program will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in conjunction with Asia Fest 2010, at the Chesapeake Central Library. Limited copies of "The Joy Luck Club" will distributed during the kickoff.

KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson, director of the Tidewater Writing Project at ODU, and Clyde Hunter, manager of the Indian River Library in Chesapeake, will appear Sunday, March 28, on the "The Bottom Line," WAVY-TV's half-hour weekly community affairs program, to discuss the Big Read kickoff and Asia Fest 2010. The show will be made available online at www.wavy.com.

Lee and Taylor, with assistance from their literacy education students, will set up a booth to promote "The Joy Luck Club," along with a Children's Cultural Corner, at the Asia Fest kickoff event. For the younger crowd, they will share grade- and age-appropriate Asian/Asian-American children's books and lead literacy-related, hands-on activities.

For more information about the Big Read project, contact Lee at xlee@odu.edu or Taylor at gstaylor@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: March 25, 2010

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