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3,000 Books Given at Reading Events

Posted on March 3, 2010

The Women’s Initiative, in collaboration with fifteen local partners, will provide 3,000 books and promote reading to students at eight elementary schools.  “The Family Read Night program provides a fun positive family evening with a focus on reading and includes crafts, a book walk, prizes and celebrity readers.  Every child attending will receive at least one free book to take home.” said Marge Guinther, member of the Women’s Initiative Family Read Night Planning Committee.  Belle River Elementary School will kick off the 2010 Family Read Night program on March 10th thanks to funding partner, Cargill, Inc.  Nancy Ellery, Cargill representative and program volunteer, said Cargill realizes the importance of reading.  “Getting kids excited about reading changes their future.  The Family Read Night program brings books to life and makes reading a lot of fun.” 
The Blue Water YMCA, Acheson Foundation, Quota Club of Port Huron and Chase Bank are partnering with the Women’s Initiative to offer students at Cleveland, Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson Elementary schools a combined Family Read and Fitness Night.  The March 18th event held at the YMCA will focus on the importance and fun of reading and fitness.  After volunteering at prior Family Read Nights, YMCA Executive Director, Denise Books proposed adding a fitness component to the already popular reading events.  “Participating in daily physical activity helps keep students healthy and supports their ability to learn.”  Brooks, also Chair of the Women’s Initiative, added that “Hosting a Family Read and Fitness Night is a natural fit for the YMCA as we strive to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.” 

The Women’s Initiative will partner with fifteen community partners to promote reading in eight schools in St. Clair County. 

March 10th – Belle River Elementary School in Marine City (Family Read Night)
Women’s Initiative funding partner:  Cargill

March 12th – Farrell Elementary in Emmett (Family Read Night)
Women’s Initiative funding partners:  Port Huron Hospital Foundation and CSB Bank

March 18th – Cleveland, Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson Elementary schools in Port Huron (Family Read & Fitness Night at the YMCA)
Women’s Initiative funding partners: 
Blue Water YMCA
James C. Acheson Foundation
Quota Club of Port Huron
Chase Bank
All Star Vending

March 25th - Algonac Elementary (Books only)
Women’s Initiative funding partner:  Cargill

March 26th – Gardens Elementary in Marysville (Family Read Night)
Women’s Initiative funding partners:  Port Huron Hospital Foundation, Chrysler UAW 375 & Woman’s Life Chapter 801

April 22nd – Howard D. Crull/McKinnley in Port Huron (Family Read Night)
Women’s Initiative funding partners:  Woman’s Life Chapters 11,611,702,757 and 830

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