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A Community Unites for Literacy

Girl with donated bookOver 300 parents and children of Edgewood Elementary in Spring Branch ISD, Literacy Advance, Comcast, and Lakewood Church united for a wildly successful Family Literacy Night on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the new Edgewood Elementary campus. Sonya Ramirez, Project Manager at Edgewood for Communities in Schools, thanked "Literacy Advance who brought an opportunity to our community to come together and share an evening of learning". According to National Center for Family Literacy, children's reading scores improve dramatically when their parents are involved in helping them learn to read.

Parents participated in a Literacy Advance educational and interactive presentation about encouraging literacy in the home, while the children enjoyed literacy activities and crafts. Children also happily selected a new book for their home library, compliments of Comcast and Lakewood Church.

Comcast generously sponsored the family literacy event and is providing annual Volunteer reading to kids at Edgewoodfunding for parent ESL classes at Edgewood that are managed by Literacy Advance. Vice President of Government and Public Relations for Comcast, Ray Purser, was in attendance to tell families about Comcast's newest low-cost internet solution and literacy initiative called Internet Essentials.

The event culminated in a guest appearance by Victoria Osteen, Lakewood Church Minister and author! Victoria sat among the children and read aloud, Victoria Osteen reads to childrenwith great animation, one of her new children's books, "Gifts From The Heart". Mrs. Osteen also generously donated over 50 of her children's books to Edgewood Elementary to be distributed to families.

"Literacy Advance is so grateful for the amazing community support from Comcast, Lakewood, and our volunteers at this Family Literacy event! Edgewood did a great job getting families to the event. We hope this kicks off a great year for reading at the school," added Kathleen Dowling, Literacy Advance Outreach Manager.

The Family Literacy Night program is provided to the community at no cost by Literacy Advance, a local non-profit. It is an opportunity for parents and children to experience how fun and easy literacy activities can be. Information is presented by Literacy Advance in English and Spanish.

Literacy Advance of Houston's mission is to transform lives and communities through the doorway of literacy. Literacy Advance offers free literacy services for adults in Houston. For more information please call 713.266.8777.

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