“Invent Your Future” Twitter Chat & Teacher Contest – Online

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September 5, 2013 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
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“Invent Your Future” Twitter Chat & Teacher Contest – Online

To celebrate International Literacy Day, the International Reading Association (IRA) and Sony Pictures Animation will host an “Invent Your Future”-themed Twitter chat on Sept. 9 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Participants may join using the hashtag #IRAchat.

From Sept. 10-30, teachers may submit stories, photos, and videos to IRA about how they celebrated this year’s International Literacy Day for a chance to win a new 16GB Sony Xperia tablet (retail value: $499). The contest is open from Sept. 10-30, 2013, and the official registration form is available at www.reading.org/ILD13contest.

IRA adopted the “Invent Your Future” theme for the 2013 celebration in conjunction of Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which will be released in 3D and Real 3D on Sept. 27. The goal is to inspire students to dream big about their future—just like inventor Flint Lockwood, the main character of the film—and illustrate the crucial role literacy skills play in achieving those dreams.

To encourage educators and librarians to share the message that strong literacy skills pave the pathway to future success, IRA developed an activity kit with educational ideas for students ages 5-15+. The activity kit is accessible through Sony Pictures Animation’s site, www.Cloudy2LiteracyActivities.com.

The first 150 teachers who fill out a registration form on the Sony Pictures site will receive a free copy of the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs book, by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett, courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Teachers may also request Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 movie posters and activity books.

About International Literacy Day
In 1965, UNESCO declared September 8 International Literacy Day (ILD) in an effort to focus attention on worldwide literacy needs. To increase participation from schools and libraries, IRA will observe ILD on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, and continue the celebration throughout the month.

About the International Reading Association 
The International Reading Association is a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 60,000 members worldwide, IRA supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Visit www.reading.org for more information.

About Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation’s mouth-watering comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention—a machine that turned water into food, causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals—“foodimals!” Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world—again! Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. Screenplay by Erica Rivinoja and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein. Story by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Erica Rivinoja. Inspired by the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett. Produced by Pam Marsden and Kirk Bodyfelt.

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