City Seeks Volunteers for “Delray Reads Day” Thursday, Nov. 6

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The City of Delray Beach invites the community to volunteer in the third annual “Delray Reads Day” on November 6, 2014. As part of the City’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading, this event is designed to create awareness about the need to improve reading skills among our children by bringing readers into every public school classroom within the City. At 8am, participants are welcome to attend a breakfast at Toussaint L’Overture High School for Arts and Social Justice at the Delray Full Service Center, 301 SW 14th Avenue. Ron Fairchild, senior consultant to the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, will present as the keynote speaker. Afterwards, volunteers proceed to their assigned schools where they will read this year’s featured book, Rosie’s Song, a story about adventure and courage by local author Mary Kate Leming, illustrated by Deborah Lafogg Docherty. (Please note that reading begins at 9:30 am for those not attending the breakfast). “The end of third grade marks a significant milestone in academic performance because this is when a child is expected to transition from learning to read to reading to learn,” states Janet Meeks, Education Coordinator for the City of Delray Beach. “Delray Reads Day brings attention to the importance of reading and recognizes our schools for their exceptional efforts to nurture literacy skills in our youth.” Be a part of this community-wide initiative on November 6. To learn more about “Delray Reads Day” and/ or to volunteer, visit www.delrayreads.org. Additional information is available by contacting Janet Meeks at (561) 243-7231 or E-mail meeksj@mydelraybeach.com.