For Immediate Release
March 6, 2015
Contact: Nicole Lesson
Miami Lakes, FL - The Town of Miami Lakes is proud to be one of nine drop off sites for the Read to Learn Books for Free Program. Read to Learn Books for Free is part of a larger Read to Learn initiative launched by The Children’s Trust and the Center for Writing and Literature at Miami Dade College to increase the number of third graders who read at or above grade level.
Reading at grade level by the third grade is the leading indicator of school success and high school graduation, but currently nearly half of our third graders fail to achieve this critical benchmark. To date, the initiative has distributed almost 200,000 books; however, the program’s main challenge has been keeping the flow of age-appropriate, donated books at adequate levels.
Residents are encouraged to donate gently used or new children’s books weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm inside Town Hall or the Police Department, which are both located at 6601 Main Street in Miami Lakes.
To support Read to Learn Books for Free, email Lissette.Mendez@mdc.edu or call 305-237-3298. For more information about The Children’s Trust and the overall third grade-level reading initiative, visit www.thechildrenstrust.org. For more information about The Center, visit www.thecenteratmdc.org.