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5th annual 'Reading Splash' event brings 2,000 kids to Sprint Center

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 09:53:43-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Two-thousand children will head to the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, Wednesday for the 5th annual 'Reading Splash' event.

Mayor Sly James and Turn the Page KC are partnering with Andrews McMeel Universal for this year's event.

Children, who range from kindergarten to 3rd grade, come from 30 schools, churches and community centers.

Research shows that roughly 61 percent of children who grow up in poverty do not have a single age-appropriate book in their home.

This year, there will be a 'Reading Well' for children, a free bookstore from which children can take home free books to read over summer break.

The event will host 500 more students than last year. To accommodate the new students, there will be two time slots. The first will be from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The second will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.