Dr. Debra Jo Hailey was awarded a 2013 Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant for an early literacy
project titled "Reading on the River." This annual event held in Natchitoches, Louisiana
is designed to educate young children about literacy concepts and entertain them with
the joy of book-related activities. An important component of the program is educating
parents about the importance of reading to young children. The Service League of
Natchitoches has adopted the program as their annual signature service project and
other communities in our state have duplicated the program successfully. Dr. Hailey
hopes to engage the Hammond community in a similar literacy event in the near future.