Marching into Spring with WordPlay Cincy

Marching into Spring with WordPlay Cincy

Spring into action for child and teen literacy.

Mark your calendars so you can join in these fun opportunities to celebrate and support reading and writing by Cincinnati children and teens.

Kick-off party for Team WordPlay’s Flying Pig registration campaign

Running or walking in the Flying Pig? Consider donating to WordPlay on your registration form. Not running? Reconsider that... join our staff and volunteers in the 5k. Runners and walkers who participate for WordPlay will receive a complimentary t-shirt prior to the event. And to get ready, we are walking as a group in Northside each Friday at noon, leaving promptly from WordPlay! We invite you to join in the walking fun (whether or not you want to be in the ‘Pig) and say hi when you see us on the street. Saturday, March 4, 4-7 pm at Tillie's Lounge.

Volunteer Orientations

We always need more volunteers for our K-8th grade and high school programs. If you are interested, come attend a volunteer orientation to learn more.

We need you -- get oriented to get involved. 2nd Saturday of each month 10:30am - 11:30am.

OPEN TO ALL 18+. (Background check will be completed for suggested $5 donation)

Dewey's Pizza Give Back Night in Clifton

What better way to support our kids and teens than by buying yourself a pizza at the Dewey’s in Clifton? Just visit our website to download a flyer to present (on your device or paper) on the 20th along with your order, and Dewey's will donate a portion of the entire evening's sales to WordPlay. Monday, March 20, 2017. OPEN TO ALL WITH FLYER.

Showcase: Hughes High School Civil Rights Intersession Reflections

We're opening the doors of Hughes High School to the public to share a student showcase of creative work based on their experiences in an civil rights intersession trip that WordPlay is co-organizing with Hughes staff, thanks to a very generous, anonymous donor. Keep an eye on our website for the exact time of the showcase that afternoon. Thursday, March 24, 2017. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL.

April is National Poetry Month

WordPlay is expanding partnerships with our local elementary schools and high schools to bring Poet Trees back to Hoffner Park and the Northside Public Library for a second year. And -for the first time- the students will be creating a Poet Tree on UC’s college campus! Keep an eye out for the trees, p

ull down a poem to take home, and read the words of a child or teen. April -All month long. POET TREE POEMS ARE FREE TO ALL. Contact us if you are intrested in volunteering for poetry workshops or helping put poems into jewel bags.

Workshops: Comforting Words

Desirae “The Silent Poet” Hosley will be presenting one teen and one K-8th grade writing workshop for new and currently enrolled young writers to bring their guardians to WordPlay. Adults will be guided in creating letters of comfort and advice for their youths, and young writers will be encouraged to write letters of advice for their future selves. Then they will share their work. Teen Workshop: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm. K-8th Grade Workshop: Saturday, April 29, 2017, 12:00 noon - 1:00pm. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL AGES

Ride for Reading

WordPlay Cincy, SPUN Bicycles, and Adopt A Book partner annually to create a bike-ride

through the city that delivers hundreds of free books to children at a local school. This year they'll be giving books to the lucky students of Walnut Hills' Frederick Douglass Elementary. Friday, May 12, 2017 from 12:30-1:30pm. Please contact if you can volunteer to help sort books on a day prior to the event, ride your bike with books from downtown to Walnut Hills, or hand out books at Frederick Douglass Elementary.

Questions? Contact You can also visit our homepage for a regularly updated calendar with more links and details at

By Reba Hennessey, Director of Development & Communications for WordPlay Cincy

WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located at 4041 Hamilton Ave. in Northside. For more information about events, enrolling a child, or becoming a volunteer, please call (513) 541-0930, visit our website at or email

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