One of the local places in Charlotte close to my heart is Thompson Child and Family Focus. A fantastic local resource for at-risk children, they are getting ready to kick off ‘March Madness for Reading’ and are seeking volunteers. Childhood literacy and development is key to forming life long learning habits. I have been active with my own local literacy council for 6 years and it’s been one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done. The look a child gets on their face when they are reading and they finally “get it” is priceless. The rythym, the ability to go to places unthought of, all within their imagination is unlimited.
So today I share a press release with you in hopes that my friends locally will get involved with Thompson and a cause they work tirelessly to support. Because the children you help today are the leaders of tomorrow.
Agency Seeks Volunteer Readers March 1- 31 at Thompson Child Development Center on Clanton Road
What: Thompson Child & Family Focus, a nonprofit provider of treatment, care and education for at‑risk children and families, will hold its 15th annual March Madness for Reading, an initiative that encourages children to embrace early literacy activities. This year’s theme, “Plant the Need to Read and Watch it Grow,” will engage families, Thompson staff, local celebrities and the community-at-large, in numerous activities to inspire a passion for reading that fosters lifelong learning habits.
Photo/News Coverage Opportunities:
§ Tues., March 1 – Seemore Goodstuff from WTVI will attend the Kickoff, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
§ Wed., March 16 – N.C. Children’s author Cathy Eller will entertain the children with puppetry and storytelling from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
§ Thurs., March 31 – Children will dress up as their favorite character for the grand finale celebration with Bob Evans’ mascots “Biscuit” and “Gravy” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Who: Thompson’s March Madness for Reading has attracted thousands of corporate and community volunteers since its inception in 1997. Last year, volunteers read more than 20,000 books. This year, support and participation are welcomed from Paragon Commercial Bank, Autotrader.com, Charlotte Alumnae Delta Theta Sorority Inc., and WordNet Radio.
When: Volunteers are needed to read to children on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will read provided books for 15-30 minutes. To volunteer, contact Raechelle Berry,firstname.lastname@example.org , 704.644-4396.
Where:, 1645 Clanton Road.
Why: Thompson Child Development Center serves up to 150 children from birth to 5 years of age from its state-of-the-art facility on Clanton Road in west Charlotte. The Center provides North Carolina five-star licensed early childhood education to a diverse population – many of whom are exposed to domestic violence, substance abuse, and impoverished environments. A large percentage of the children enrolled have been diagnosed with special needs or have high risk factors that challenge their academic and lifelong development. Thompson helps change the lives of these children and families through innovative developmental educational programming.
For More Information Contact:
Raechelle Berry, Thompson Child & Family Focus, r berry at thompson cff dot org