The Campus Y’s idea of promoting literacy isn’t just discussing a work of literature in a group.
Instead, Project Literacy is incorporating more interactive events into this year’s One Week of Literacy, or OWL.
Project Literacy kicked off OWL this week to promote literacy on campus through a variety of events and activities, including a Harry Potter trivia night and a performance by comedy group False Profits.
The group, whose goal is to educate the community about the importance of literacy, has partnered with organizations such as the Orange County Literacy Council to increase awareness for its cause.
In previous years, OWL has not had as many events throughout the week or nearly as many partnerships to aid in the promotion of this event. This year, events will take place every day.
The organizing committee, who planned the week during the course of several months, wanted to have events that would both educate people about their cause and engage possible participants.
“There’s enough variety here that there’s something to appeal to everyone,” said sophomore Heather Wilson, an English major who serves as an organizer on the Project Literacy committee.
Events this week include a literacy talk by former athletic reading specialist Mary Willingham and education professor Julie Justice on Wednesday. A benefit night will also be held at TRU Deli Thursday night, and the week ends with a False Profits comedy show Friday night.
In the past, the week has included the screening of documentaries, which have been successful. In particular, “The American Teacher,” which was screened two years ago, received positive feedback from students and teachers in the community that opened up future partnerships with educators in the area.