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Children and families of Highland Elementary School ‘s Pre-K program won’t have the Monday blues when they head to the campus, March 7. That’s the day they’ll participate in a national reading celebration and get their own, free copies of a Llama Llama book from author Anna Dewdney’s series through the Pearson Foundation and We Give Books project. The We Give Books ReadMobile Tour is driving across the state of Florida to share the joy of reading and the power of giving. Monday’s reading event is part of a month long campaign to engage Floridians in reading online to help put books in the hands of children in Florida who don’t have them.

The event gets underway at the Lake Worth school at 9:00 a.m. and lasts until approximately 10:30 a.m. Kathryn Harrison, lead coordinator at Highland’s Early Education Project said the initiative enhances the District’s emphasis on the positive and long term impact on student academic achievement from early development of literacy skills. “We see time and time again that strong literacy skills enhance learning gains and our purpose is to lay a strong foundation for these youngsters,” she stated.

Not only will children and families share a story from author Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama book series through the We Give Books online digital library, but they’ll also receive a free print copy of a Llama Llama book to take home, provided by the Pearson Foundation and We Give Books.

Students will get to participate with the Hanging of the Hands project, as well. The ReadMobile sponsors will collect the students’ handprints and deliver them to the state capitol for hanging during Children’s Week, April 3-6, 2011. For more details about the Highland Elementary School visit, contact Ms. Harrison, 561-202-0554 or email harrisonk@palmbeach.k12.fl.us.

The We Give Books Florida campaign will be visiting schools and community ce
nters throughout the state leading to Children’s Week and the announcement of a new campaign that will provide book grants to elementary schools around the state through We Give Books. Students, parents, educators, and other Floridians will have the opportunity to get involved by signing up to be a part of Read For My School Florida, where, simply by reading a free book online, they’ll be helping to donate a book to their own school.

A digital collection of hundreds of children’s books is also available for Florida teachers and families to access for free at www.wegivebooks.com. Follow the We Give Books ReadMobile across Florida on Facebook and Twitter (@WeGiveBooks), hashtag #WGBFlorida.

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.

About We Give Books

We Give Books (www.wegivebooks.org) is a new philanthropic program from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps children become lifelong readers and givers. Together, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation support literacy through programs that engage entire communities. Working around the world through programs like Booktime, We Give Books, and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, Penguin and the Pearson Foundation have touched millions of lives in thousands of communities. For more details, contact Stacey Finkel, media contact, Pearson Foundation, 703-304-1377 or email
Stacey.finkel@pearsonfoundation.org.

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