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NMSU's Literacy Workshop to provide volumes of knowledge to Las Cruces teachers

New Mexico and West Texas teachers are invited to attend the New Mexico State University College of Education Don and Sarrah Kidd Literacy Workshop from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 2 at the Alma d'arte Charter School, located at 402 W. Court Ave. in Las Cruces.

Faculty from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, will present interactive sessions delving into the workshop's theme of "Affirming Multiple Literacies K-12 While Resisting Mandates."

The one-day workshop will focus on both elementary and secondary literary teaching through interactive sessions presented by faculty members from across NMSU, the University of New Mexico and local school districts. The keynote speaker for this year will be award-winning author and poet Benjamin Alire Saenz from the University of Texas at El Paso.

This event is made possible by Don and Sarrah Kidd, of Carlsbad, N.M, who established the Don and Sarrah Kidd Endowed Chair in Literacy in the College of Education in 2008.

Don Kidd's interest in reading came early in life when an elementary school principal chose to have him read in the library as punishment for misbehaving.

"Since then, reading has been my salvation," Kidd said. "You will never be lonely if you can read."

The event is sponsored by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Through the endowment, the first 70 participants will receive a $50 stipend.

The workshop has reached its capacity at this time. To be placed on a waiting list or for more information, contact Norma Arrieta at narrieta@nmsu.edu.