Council participates in ‘Treat Street’ event; volunteers still needed

File Photo by Kelly Russo Building literacy in homes across several communities is a challenge the Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC) embraces. Join the Council Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in downtown Salisbury as it gives away books as a part of the “Treat Street” event hosted by the Salisbury Jaycees.

SALISBURY, Md. — The Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC) continues to impact local communities during the annual Halloween celebration in Downtown Salisbury. The 10th annual “Treat Street” hosted by the Salisbury Jaycees will have book giveaway component as well as other fun events taking place.

As reported in the Salisbury Independent newspaper this week,


Children must register that evening to participate. Registration is open for children through age 11. All children must wear costumes and be accompanied by an adult. Adults may dress up, but are encouraged to make their costumes non-scary and appropriate for young children.

Candy bags for children who do not bring their own will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 500 registrants receive coloring books courtesy of Nock Insurance.

The Jaycees also participate in Food Allergy Research and Education’s Teal Pumpkin Project, offering non-candy treats for children with food allergies. Parents of children wishing to receive non-candy treats for this purpose should request a special badge upon registering that evening.

Treat Street was founded in 2008 in response to local media reports that fewer local parents were allowing their children to trick-or-treat due to increasing crime, including child predators. It has since grown into the city’s largest annual child-friendly Halloween block party. The U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce has named it the nation’s No. 1 community event.

ESRC Vice-President Shannon Vaughn is leading Council volulnteersfor the event and encourages other members to who are willing to volunteer. Volunteers interested in participating need to be at the Downtown Salisbury Plaza by 5:30. The event is from 6pm-9pm.


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YAC information disseminated to schools

SALISBURY, Md. — The Eastern Shore Reading Council (ESRC) is proud to announce its annual Young Authors’ Contest slated for this winter.

The contest is available for students in grades 2 through 12 to submit a previously unsubmitted short story and/or poem written within the 2017-2018 school year.  Each entry may have only one author and only one entry per author may be submitted for each category.


  • Entries must be the student’s original work. Peers or adults may provide editing assistance (spelling, punctuation, etc.), but revisions should be student-generated and the final product must be the student’s own work.
  • All entries must be submitted in a word processing file with no less than 12 point font using either Times New Roman or Comic Sans
  • Each short story entry may range from 300 to 800 words for elementary submissions, 600 to 1,600 words for middle school submissions, and 800 to 2,000 for high school submissions.
  • Each poem entry will consist of a single poem, which may be any style a range from 25 to 150 words for elementary submissions and 25 – 300 words for middle and high school submissions.
  • All entries must include a completed cover sheet signed by the student author and sponsoring teacher.

For further information regarding the YAC and to download entry forms, go to YAC page on this web site.

If your school did receive information or wants further clarification, please,  contact YAC Elementary School Chair Andrea Sandiver at or YAC High School Chair Brian Cook at

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