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Abell and Weinberg Foundations and Partners Kick-off New SummerREADS Program

Free Books for Home Libraries and Safe, Supervised, Literacy Program

BALTIMORE (June 3, 2014) – The Abell Foundation and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States announced today its SummerREADS program at the following Weinberg Library Project schools:

  • Arlington Elementary/Middle
  • The Henderson-Hopkins School        
  • The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary 
  • Moravia Park Elementary     
  • Southwest Baltimore Charter
  • Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle    

In partnership with the Abell Foundation, the Weinberg Foundation, along with the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project, Baltimore City Public Schools, the Maryland Out-of-School-Time Network (MOST), and Reading Partners has created an opportunity for students and their families to increase time spent reading and participating in literacy-based activities over the summer.

All Kindergarten through 3rd grade students in these schools have been given the opportunity to select and take home 12 free books at their reading levels.  In addition, from June 23 through August 7, children and their families can visit their participating school library or an Enoch Pratt library to earn prizes for reading, check out books, participate in STEM activities, join a reading circle, and meet special guests. In addition, a healthy and well-balanced breakfast and lunch will be served every day.

There are six open houses to inform students and their families about the this opportunity, and the next one – being held this afternoon - will represent the official kick-off the SummerREADS program, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is scheduled to attend today’s celebration at Arlington Elementary/Middle, highlighting the importance of summer programming as well as what the SummerREADS program will mean to the City:

  • Tuesday, June 3, 2014
  • 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Arlington Elementary/Middle, 3705 W. Rogers Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

The purpose of these events is to introduce parents to the program, provide an overview of summer activities, and send students home with 12 free brand new books that they have selected at school-based book fairs.