City Seeks Volunteers for "Delray Reads Day"


Wednesday, November 13, 2013 – 8:00 am to 10:00 am

DELRAY BEACH, FL – The City of Delray Beach’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading team is inviting the community to participate in the second annual “Delray Reads Day”, an effort that brings readers into every public elementary school classroom within the City.

This event, which is designed to create awareness about the need to increase our children’s third-grade reading scores, will be held on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Prior to the reading event, a breakfast for participants will be held at Toussaint L ‘Overture High School, featuring keynote speaker Byron Garrett, Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance and former CEO of the National PTA.

“Delray Reads Day is a community-wide effort that gives our students an opportunity to succeed,” said Janet Meeks, education coordinator for the City of Delray Beach. “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.

“As part of the Community Solutions Action Plan, our goal for Delray Reads Day is to recognize the exemplary efforts by our teachers and schools, emphasize the importance of improving student reading and build long-term relationships that will benefit our students, our schools and our community as a whole,” Meeks said.

To learn more about “Delray Reads Day”, and/or to register to volunteer to read, visitwww.delrayreads.org. Additional information is available by contacting Janet Meeks at(561) 243-7231 or email meeksj@mydelraybeach.com.

About Delray Beach’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading
Part of a national call to action from the National Civic League in 2011, Delray Beach’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading is a community-wide effort led by the City of Delray Beach to increase third-grade reading scores by 50 percent by the year 2020. This program resulted in the City being named as a finalist for the National Civic League (NCL) 2012 All-America City award, a prestigious award that the City has been honored to earn two previous times – 1993 and 2001

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