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For Immediate Release:
December 01, 2011

Media Contact:
Yanet Obarrio Sanchez
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Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez reads to pre-k students at United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 9am

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez reads to pre-k students at United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education

 


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
In support of early literacy, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez will read to pre-school children at the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education. He is reading as part of the United Way Volunteer Reader Program, a pilot program that consists of 45 volunteers that share an hour of story time each week with nearly 600 children in 39 pre-K classrooms throughout Miami-Dade. The program is focused on building early literacy skills and instilling a love of reading.

Research shows that children who learn to read well at an early age will not only read more independently, but also achieve more in math, social studies and science. They are also more likely to graduate from high school and pursue higher education. Investing in them pays off: the ROI includes higher graduation rates, better job skills, increased homeownership and less chance of criminal activities.

To learn more about United Way’s Volunteer Reader Program, make a pledge to read to children, donate a book and/or volunteer as a reader for phase two of the Volunteer Reader Program, visit United Way Volunteer Program.


 
Who: Mayor Gimenez, children from the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, M. Camila Cote, United Way volunteer reader, and partner at Ernst & Young.

What:Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez will read to pre-school children at the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education.

When: December 01, 2011, 9:00 a.m.- 0:00 p.m.

Where:United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education
(adjacent to United Way of Miami-Dade building)
3250 Southwest 3rd Ave in The Rhodes

Why:

Research shows that children who learn to read well at an early age will not only read more independently, but also achieve more in math, social studies and science.



Editor's Note: *****photo opp during reading/ interview opp after reading*****

 

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