“LOCAL LEGACY” CELEBRITY READ PROGRAM KICKS OFF ON JANUARY 24

“Local Legacy” Program – Reading to Children for 23 years!

Newark, NJ (January 11, 2012) – United Way of Essex and West Hudson will Kickoff Celebrity Read 2013, a 23 year tradition of providing volunteer Celebrity Readers to local community schools on Thursday January 24 at a Celebration Breakfast at the Newark Museum.

This year, volunteers will read to children in East Orange, Irvington, Newark, and Orange.

Created in 1990, Celebrity Read is a ”local legacy” initiative that recruits volunteers from throughout New Jersey to model their love of reading and the pursuit of education as a pathway to success in local elementary classrooms.

United Way believes that everyone can be a “celebrity” in the life of a child and we encourage those who want to be positively engaged with our communities’ youth to become Celebrity Readers. Readers visit a school site for a morning or afternoon, read aloud with students and answer questions about their profession while encouraging youth to read and get an education. Celebrity Read proudly recruits over 400 volunteers and works with nearly 10,000 students, annually.

To find out more about the Celebrity Read Program or to reserve your seat at the breakfast, go to www.uwewh.org/news-and-events/united-way-events/celebrity-read/

Additional volunteers are still needed.

The schedule for this year’s program is as follows:

In East Orange

Langston Hughes – Feb 7

George Washington -Feb 20

Althea Gibson Academy – Feb 25

Wahlstrom Academy – Feb 26

Ecole Touissant Loverture – Feb 28

In Irvington

Madison Ave. – Feb 1

Union Middle – Feb 8

Grove Street – Feb 12

Florence – Feb 14

Mount Vernon- Feb 15

 In Newark

Speedway Ave – Feb 6

Cleveland Elementary – Feb 11

George Washington Carver – Feb 19

13th Avenue/MLK Renew – Feb 21

Roberto Clemente – Feb 22

In Orange

Heywood – Feb 5

Cleveland St. – Feb 6

Oakwood Avenue – Feb 13

To sign up to volunteer go to www.uwewh.org/news-and-events/united-way-events/celebrity-read/

For more information about the Celebrity Read Program, please contact Tiffany Walker by phone at 973-854-2246  or email twalker@uwewh.org.

About The United Way of Essex and West Hudson

Founded in 1923, the United Way of Essex and West Hudson is a non-profit organization that seeks to address the root causes of community concerns by aligning resources to best meet the needs of individuals, children and families through its service area annually. We serve a population of nearly 700,000 in thirteen communities in Essex and Hudson County. For more information about or how to get involved, visit our website www.unitedwayessex.org

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