Cookie Monster, Ernie, Bert and 100-plus books color Sesame Street fair

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Cookie Monster, Ernie, Bert and 100-plus books color Sesame Street Literacy Fair

More than 125 backpacks and 100 books were passed out at the first Sesame Street Literacy Fair at the Monterey Pines Community Room in Richmond on Aug. 10.

The event, a collaboration between Praise Fellowship Bible Church, Monterey Pines and Deliverance Temple, also included family-friendly activities such as a jumper, DJ, face-painting and various literacy activities, including a reading room. Special appearances were made by the Cookie Monster, Ernie & Bert, and the Cat in the Hat.

The event’s aim was to inspire youth in education, and it included $625 college scholarships to four Monterey Pines high school graduates, courtesy of Monterey Pines and Deliverance Temple. The students also received certificates for graduating from the Office of Mayor Tom Butt.

“People should know that Richmond isn’t just the negative news that media displays,” organizer Vanessa Calloway said. “There’s greatness right here in the city of Pride and Purpose. It is our responsibility as adults to pull out the greatness in our youth. We can’t give up on them, we must fight even harder on there behalf.”

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