The City of Delray Beach’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading received a $5,000 donation to purchase books for the City’s 2013 summer reading program. This donation, from AmTrust Bank, will provide each kindergarten and 1st grade student attending Orchard View and Pine Grove Elementary Schools with a “Reading Pack” that includes 5 to 8 high-quality and engaging books and individually created activity sheets to enhance the at-home learning experience. “Putting a book in a child’s hands over the summer provides an opportunity to prevent the ‘summer learning slide’ and promote academic success. Research suggests that by providing access to books at home, in school, and over the summer months contributes to improving the reading achievement levels among all children,” stated Janet Meeks, Education Coordinator for the City of Delray Beach. The City’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading, which is part of a national campaign to promote grade level reading by the third grade, was created through the understanding that our local schools alone cannot address all of the problems that keep our children from learning to read. As a result, the City partnered with a coalition of community, civic and business leaders, non-profit agencies, educators and City representatives who believed in this important issue and committed to participating in the development and implementation of a new reading initiative that will benefit our local children and our community.
Brian Lynott, Regional Executive and First Vice President of AmTrust Bank in Delray Beach, learned about the shortage of reading material through discussions with the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. He saw and understood the need to enable children to have access to books over the summer and coordinated AmTrust Bank’s contribution to the City’s reading program. For more information contact Janet Meeks at (561) 243-7231 or by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.