FOX13's Family Focus launches literacy campaign

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FOX13 Family Focus partners Jack Pirtle’s Chicken, along with ATC Fitness, Monogram Foods, Shelby County Health Department and Wolfchase Honda Nissan, want to give a brighter future to Mid-South children by encouraging reading. During the month of February, Mid-Southerners are invited to donate books to benefit Communities in Schools students at any of our Family Focus Partner locations, or sign up to receive Books from Birth, a reading program for children ages 0 – 5.

FOX13 Family Focus Book Donation Suggestions:
Books will benefit elementary school children served by Communities in Schools. The mission of Communities in Schools of Tennessee (CISTN) is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Communities in Schools is the largest, most effective dropout prevention organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed.

·         Elementary Age Books (Kindergarten – Fifth Grade)

·         Picture books, Leveled Readers, Young Chapter Books

·         National Geographic Kids Readers Series – Any Titles

·         The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

·         The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

·         Books by Ezra Jack Keats: Goggles, The Pet Show, Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, The Snowy

·         Day, A Letter to Amy, Jenni’s Hat, Apt 3

·         Books by Mo Willems: Elephant & Piggie Series or Pigeon Series

·         Geoff Waring Science Series

·         Dr. Seuss Books

How to Enroll for Books from Birth:
The mission of Books from Birth is to promote kindergarten readiness and strengthen family bonds in Shelby County by providing age-appropriate books for all children from birth to age five. Books from Birth formally organized in the summer of 2005 as the Shelby County affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library after a state-wide effort brought the Imagination Library to all children in Tennessee’s 95 counties.

1.       Visit http://www.booksfrombirth.org and click “Enroll A Child”

2.       Pick up an enrollment form at area hospital nurseries, pediatric offices or public libraries

3.       Call the Books from Birth office at (901) 820-4501

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