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Councilman Blackwell to launch Blackwell's Bookworms reading program

Tuesday September 27, 2005

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

Patrick H. Neely

Councilman Rick Blackwell will kick off his Blackwell's Bookworms reading program this weekend, encouraging students to read. The program will be conducted in conjunction with the Every 1 Reads Program, a partnership between Louisville Metro government, Jefferson County Public Schools and Greater Louisville Inc. with the goal of having every child in JCPS reading at grade level within four years.

The program will run from October 1 through April 28.

The six schools in District 12 - Conway Middle School, Greenwood Elementary School, Kerrrick Elementary School, Notre Dame Academy, St. Paul Elementary School, and Shacklette Elementary School - have been invited to participate in this program.

As an incentive to increase reading, a pizza party will be awarded to the class at each participating school that reads the most books each month. In addition, the school that reads the most books will receive a second reward at the end of the year and the students will be entered in a drawing for prizes donated by local businesses.

"As an educator for more than 20 years, I know how important it is for students to develop an early habit of reading," said Blackwell, D-12. "I would like to form a partnership between Metro government and educators to make this program really work and to see our children reading at grade level within four years."


Rick Blackwell (D)  12