2020-2021 Meeting Schedule:
Please check our Forsyth County Reading Association Facebook page regularly for the most up-to-date information about our meetings and other activities. This will be especially important this year so you will know whether we are meeting in person or via Zoom.
Fall Dates--Mark your calendars!
Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:00-7:00 pm via Zoom*:
Details about this year’s Young Authors Project theme
Writing Strategies Instruction—WFU Education Professor Dr. Joan Mitchell
Thursday, October 22, 2020 5:00-7:00 pm:
The Importance of The Science of Reading—Read Write Spell Director Kris Cox
Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:00-7:00 pm:
Reading Comprehension Instruction—Redeemer School Roots Learning Resource Coordinator Janie Bass
Spring Dates--Mark your calendars!
Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:00-7:00 pm
Integrating Music, Art, and Reading—Robeson County music teacher Tonnye Fletcher
Thursday, March 18, 2021 5:00-7:00 pm
North Carolina Book Awards book sharing—WSFCS Media Specialist Deb Fidali
March 2021--dates TBD
North Carolina Reading Association Conference (not required for FCRA credit--but highly recommended!)
Pre-registration is required, and all educators and those with a passion for helping students with reading are invited to attend.
For more information and/or to register (available early 2021), click here: www.ncreading.org/
Thursday, April 15, 2021 5:00-7:00 pm
Young Authors Winners Celebration
Creative Book Making—WSFCS art teacher Frann Paige
FCRA Meeting Locations:
This year's in-person meetings will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm at the headquarters of Read Write Spell, 875 West 5th Street, W-S 27101.
This year’s virtual meetings will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm via Zoom. *Meeting links will be sent via email to registered members.
Please check out our social media links below and watch your email to see whether a particular meeting will be in-person or virtual.
North Carolina Reading Association Conference
What? A conference which explores all things reading with keynote speakers, workshops, and opportunities to meet children's book authors
When? March 2021
Where? TBD but hopefully in downtown Winston-Salem at the Benton Convention Center
Mark your calendars! This is a wonderful professional development opportunity that's right in our own city!
For more information and to register to attend (available in a few months), please click link here: www.ncreading.org/
Young Authors Project
2020-2021 Theme: Let Your Light Shine
Young Authors (and those who are Young at Heart) are encouraged to write about the ways we can let our lights shine--a particularly appropriate topic in a year that has been full of challenges! Authors may write prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction.
Submissions are accepted from FCRA members and their students. These will be judged by our council, and a limited number of submissions will be sent for state judging. Those winning the state competition will be honored at a ceremony hopefully in March 2021 in Winston-Salem and will receive a bound copy with the writing of state winners. Local council winners will be honored at a reception hosted by FCRA.
For more ideas and guidelines, check out the NCRA information page: 2020-2021 Young Authors Project--Let Your Light Shine
Our chapter seeks to promote literacy for all children, and we join together in several projects each year to do this.
New 2020-21 FCRA Projects
Read Write Spell
We are looking forward to partnering with Read Write Spell to help them collect books for their many book giveaway projects.
1) Contribute gently used children's picture books, chapter books, and novels. Please bring these to any of our in-person meetings at the Read Write Spell headquarters.
2) Purchase books from ReadWS's wish list online from Bookmarks, our local independent bookstore using this link: Purchase books from Bookmarks.
3) Purchase books from ReadWS's wish list from Amazon using this link: Purchase books from Amazon.
4) Donate Amazon gift cards to Read Write Spell for purchasing books. You can bring these to any of our in-person meetings.
Ronald McDonald House--Winston-Salem
We will continue to collect soda pop tabs at our in-person meetings to donate to Ronald McDonald House. They can trade these in for money to support their programs.
Past FCRA Projects
Local Community Project - Book Collection for Ronald McDonald House
Our chapter received a wish list of specific book titles needed by the Winston-Salem Ronald McDonald House library, and members selected books from this list to purchase and donate. These books were resources for adults and siblings that were chosen to help families who have sick children at Brenner Children's Hospital. In the past we have also used grant money to help buy books.
International Project - Peruvian Hearts
Peruvian Hearts works to end poverty and gender inequality by educating young women and creating community leaders in Peru—one girl at a time. We have used some of our funds and also grant money to contribute to this worthy educational project.
This is a video from the founder of Peruvian Hearts explaining her mission: Peruvian Hearts
International Project - Funding tuition for an Ugandan child
We have used some of our funds and grant money to pay the tuition for an Ugandan student to attend school.