DENVER — Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 — Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced Colorado Literacy Week, Feb. 27 – March 2 and welcomed several new partners to the state’s efforts to ensure children in Colorado read proficiently by third grade. The purpose of Colorado Literacy Week is to draw public attention to the critical importance of early learning and to launch numerous efforts that will put Colorado’s children on a path to reading success.
“Today begins a journey toward the day when every child in Colorado will be able to read and succeed in the classroom and ultimately, in life,” said Garcia. “We are encouraged by the groups joining the early literacy initiative today with an investment of their resources, time and talent to help provide a first-class education to the children of Colorado.”
Lt. Gov. Garcia and the partner organizations celebrated today’s kickoff with a presentation of 100 books from Serve Colorado and AmeriCorps to the students of Crawford Elementary School in Aurora Public Schools.
New partners to the early literacy initiative include:
• Target for a $150,000 grant award to be combined with a $300,000 in funds from AmeriCorps to help establish the Colorado Reading Corps, an early literacy program designed to help children become successful readers. Serve Colorado – the Governor’s Commission on Community Service will model the program after the successful Serve Minnesota Reading Corps. For more information, visit www.Target.com/hereforgood or www.colorado.gov/servecolorado.
• Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC) for educating 1,000 employers across the state on the importance of school readiness and key issues related to early childhood development. For more information, visit www.coloradoepic.org.
• Junior League of Denver for helping advocate for legislation focused on literacy and providing members with the necessary literacy training to share with other community organizations. For more information, visit www.jld.org.
• Boomers for Change for mobilizing volunteers from the 50+ crowd and resources to support childcare centers, schools, and youth service organizations. For more information, visit www.blcih.org.
• State Farm Insurance for their donation of $25,000 Literacy and Education Initiative Giving Grant. For more information, visit www.statefarm.com.
• Mile High United Way Women’s Leadership Council for advocating for early literacy by meeting and communicating with nonprofit and community groups throughout the greater Denver metro area. For more information, contact Kathryn.White@UnitedWayDenver.org.
• Children’s Hospital Colorado for their new partnership and future collaboration around the Early Literacy Initiative. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org.
For more information on the early literacy initiative and events during Colorado Literacy Week, visit www.colorado.gov/ltgovernor.