Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Mayor Kevin Faulconer reads at Central Elementary School

Reporters and editors: This is an event happening at San Diego Unified's Central Elementary School tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 16. Please use the contact information below should you have any questions.

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer to Read KPBS's One Book San Diego Selection to Preschool Children at Central Elementary School in Support of Reach Out and Read's Kindergarten Readiness Program

WHEN: 11:30 am., December 16, 2015

WHAT: Central Elementary Health Center's doctors and nurses are giving the gift of reading this holiday season by sending families home from check-ups with free books and a very important prescription – "read aloud to your children." Mayor Kevin Faulconer will visit the school's health center to support this message by reading this year's KPBS One Book San Diego selection, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, to a group of Kindergarteners and distributing a copy of the book to each child. The San Diego Public Library will also be distributing library cards to the children, providing more reading opportunities over the winter break.

Central Elementary Health Center participates in Reach Out and Read, a program that prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by training doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud and to give books to children at checkups from 6 months through 5 years. Through Reach Out and Read, each child starts kindergarten with a home library of up to 10 new, carefully chosen books and a parent who has heard at every well child check up about the importance of books and reading. Bilingual books are available in 12 languages.

Central Elementary Health Center is one of 80 Reach Out and Read Programs in San Diego County that participate in Reach Out and Read, providing books to more than 75,000 children every year. Reach Out and Read San Diego (RORSD), a program of the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP-CA, Chapter 3), provides support and training to these participating pediatric clinics. 15 peer reviewed studies show that children who participate in this program are read to more often and score higher on vocabulary tests.

WHERE: Central Elementary, 4063 Polk Ave., San Diego, CA 92105

VISUALS: Mayor Kevin Faulconer reading to children gathered around him

MEDIA CONTACT: Tara Milbrand, Reach Out and Read San Diego Program Director, (858) 361-4644, tmilbrand@aapca3.org, www.rorsd.orgYou are a subscriber to the news release mailing list for the San Diego Unified School District. To unsubscribe, send a message to "media@lists-sandi-net" with the word "unsubscribe" in the body of the message. For an archive of these releases, go to http://sdusd-news.blogspot.com/