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Nearly 11,000 Birmingham Students Set to Hear Guest Readers on May 4

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BY PAT BYINGTON

bhamnow.com

On Thursday, May 4, volunteer guest readers will be in EVERY Birmingham City Schools’ pre-kindergarten through 5th-grade classroom at the same time to read.

Here is how it works.

Better Basics mobilizes hundreds of volunteers who are committed to read a pre-selected, age-appropriate book to a class. They then hand each child a copy of the book for their home libraries. They will deliver books to 11,000 students.

In total, volunteers will be reading at 27 Birmingham City Schools in 535 elementary classrooms. Participants include: Alabama’s Poet Laureate Ashley M Jones; Birmingham Police Chief Scott Thurmond; Jefferson County DA Danny Carr; Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway; Vulcan and Vesta mascots;  B0usinesses – KPMG, Brasfield & Gorrie, Regions, O’Neal Industries, and Alabama Power; civic and social organizations.

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. and concludes by 1:30 p.m.

Better Basics needs between 35-40 guest readers to completely cover the event. Contact: Betty Wells, Better Basics Volunteer Coordinator at bwells@betterbasics.org learn how to participate.

Better Basics is a Birmingham, Alabama, non-profit organization advancing children’s reading and mathematics literacy.  The group delivers a comprehensive range of research-based intervention and enrichment programs to pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade children in Central Alabama in collaboration with public schools in underserved areas.  Also, Better Basics will give away over 70,000 books this year to children with few books in their homes.

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