Academy gears up for literacy carnival

Fourth annual event to be Disney themed

LEWISTOWN — A storyteller, a magician and reptiles will all be featured during the fourth annual literacy carnival, hosted by the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology.

The event, slated for 4:30-7:30 p.m., May 14, will also have a Disney theme and feature face painting by the academy’s cosmetology students, and early childhood education students dressed as characters from Disney movies, said Valerie Baker, communications chair for Association of Mifflin County Educators, which is hosting the event, along with United Way Success by Six and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

Baker said she hopes to collect 2,000 books to hand out during the literacy carnival, which is geared toward elementary-age children. She said she hopes that each child will be able to take home three books.

“It’s a nice school-wide accomplishment for the academy to show off its programs and to make families aware of the services that are here for students,” said Baker. “It’s going to be an overall fun evening for families.”

The event is possible through a $1,000 grant from the Pennsylvania State Education Association Education Foundation, a community book drive and private donations from community members and organizations.

AMCE has also donated $750 for children’s activities

Food will also be donated by the Academy Career and Technical Organization.

The event will be free and open to the public.

Any groups or organization looking to get involved in the carnival, or making donations for the event, may do so by contacting Baker at (717) 248-3933 or