Mayor’s Summer Reading Club Celebrates Success with End of Summer Family Picnic

Through a generous grant from PNC’s Grow Up Great program, the ‘Mayor’s Summer Reading Club’ and its partners distributed more than 12,000 free books this summer

8/19/2013, 12:22 p.m.
Mayor Kasim Reed reads to a group of children.

ATLANTA - To celebrate the success of the ‘Mayor’s Summer Reading Club,’ the City of Atlanta and the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, thanked its partners, supporters, parents, and children with an End of Summer Family Picnic on Saturday. More than 12,000 books were distributed to eager young readers as part of Mayor Kasim Reed’s summer reading club, which aimed to bolster vocabulary and literacy skills of children eight years old and younger in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The celebration was held at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park.

“Thanks to GEEARS and all of the partners of the ‘Mayor’s Summer Reading Club,’ we have been able to put books in the hands of thousands of children in our city,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Ensuring that our children have the tools and resources to succeed is a priority for my administration. With the support of dedicated partners, my administration will continue to develop initiatives that promote early childhood literacy.”

Families who participated enjoyed a book giveaway for children, readings by various authors, arts and crafts and literacy and vocabulary development training. Program partner PNC provided Walkaround Elmo for children to meet, and Danny Schnitzlein, author of “The Monster Who Ate My Peas,” also helped to celebrate the Club’s success by reading to children participants.

The ‘Mayor’s Summer Reading Club,’ an initiative of the City of Atlanta and the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, leverages community engagement to encourage children to continue reading and learning throughout the summer, while also helping families instill literacy as a core value in the home. The program seeks to raise awareness of the value and importance of reading to children every day.

Throughout the summer, libraries, local schools, camping programs, museums, farmers’ markets, and other institutions across Atlanta held book club reads and fun activities to bring the stories to life. Thanks to gifts donated by partners of the initiative, including the generous support of PNC Bank as part of PNC Grow Up Great, the books were provided to children at no cost.

For more information on all Mayor’s Summer Reading Club activities and partners, contact: volunteer@atlantaga.gov, or visit www.iamatlanta.org and www.geears.org.