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Children's Literacy Round-Up: September 17

Here's some children's literacy and reading related news that caught my eye this week:

  • Via my friend D, when you pay your Verizon bill (for cell phones, at least) you have an option to donate a dollar to literacy programs supported by Verizon. Verizon matches the contributions.
  • According to a press release that they sent me: "Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. ... has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Staples Foundation for Learning. These funds will be used to provide literacy trainings to early childhood childcare providers throughout the country. This is the third grant RIF has received from Staples Foundation for Learning. These grants have provided more than 100 early childhood caregivers with the trainings and resources necessary to create literacy-rich environments for the children in their care."
  • There are lots of fun literacy activities going on in Florida. According to a short article on WJHG, "Various state agencies like the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Lottery and the Florida Literacy Coalition are hosting a statewide literacy (event) all September long. Visitors to any Florida State Park ... can enter just by a showing library card or library book at the entrance. People can also donate new or gently used family books to gain free access to the park. Local library are also holding a library sign up month sponsored by the American Library Association. This library event hopes to encourage parents and kids to hold their own family story time at home."
  • Jamaica is also working on literacy. According to Jamaica Information Services, "The Ministry of Education is in the process of selecting 50 cluster-based literacy coordinators, who will work with the regional literacy coordinators in order to raise the level of literacy in schools."
  • The Heart of America Foundation and Target worked together recently to refurbish Washington Elementary School's library in San Jose, "enlivening it with new carpet, paint, counters, furniture and an infusion of 2,000 more books." Details are in the San Jose Mercury News (sign-in required). This particular library was selected because it's something of a community center for the area.
  • The Beaufort Gazette (SC) has a feature article about the local Born to Read program, which encourages new mothers to read to their babies. "Born To Read's 30 volunteers try to visit all new moms in Beaufort County hospitals six days a week, including holidays. Last year, they saw 2,300."
  • The Olympian (WA) has an education section feature about things parents can do at home to help their kids with math and reading. The very first point is that "One of the most important things parents can do with young children to help them learn to read — and enjoy it — is to read with them 20 minutes or more every day."

Happy reading to all!