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For Immediate Release:
August 03, 2016
Media Contact:
Rona Bellamy
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Commissioner Jordan hosts Bookmania! to promote youth literacy


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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan paints a child's face as Miami Gardens Councilman David Williams Jr. observes in the background at Bookmania!
(Photos by Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan and Miami Gardens Councilman David Williams Jr. co-sponsored Bookmania! to promote youth literacy on July 30 at the City of Miami Gardens Botanical Garden.

The event was the brainchild of interns from Commissioner Jordan's Summer Youth Internship Initiative 2016 class. This year's students launched and organized the community service project, which was a first for the SYII program.

"I truly commend them for doing such a wonderful job," said Commissioner Jordan. "They have demonstrated that they understand the importance of giving back to our community."

More than 100 residents attended the free event, which provided food, music, games and face painting. Books were handed out to children in attendance as well as goodie bags with crayons, coloring book, pencils, and hand sanitizers.

Councilman Williams offered an informative and fun taste-testing challenge for residents, using a berry known as "miracle fruit" that, when eaten, causes sour foods (such as lemons and limes) to taste sweet.

Williams also led attendees on a tour of the garden on site, which featured plant varieties such as Carambola, commonly referred to as starfruit; lemon grass; "pitahaya" or "dragon fruit"; pomegranate; and the Barbados cherry.

Bookmania! was made possible by Marci Cancio-Bello, Read to Learn Books for Free, an early childhood literacy initiative of The Children's Trust in partnership with the Miami Book Fair; Charles Williams, Generational Cure; Darryl Johnson, Sabroso Sauce; and Rashad Thomas, Miami Slush.

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At left, Bookmania! co-sponsors Miami-Dade County Barbara Jordan and Miami Gardens Councilman David Williams Jr. with Commissioner Jordan's Summer Youth Internship Initiative interns. At right, an intern from Commissioner Jordan's Summer Youth Internship Initiative plays soccer with a child.