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Councilman kicks off 'Blackwell's Bookworms' program

Tuesday October 12, 2004

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:
Jennifer F. Brislin

Patrick H. Neely

Saying "good readers make great leaders," Councilman Rick Blackwell today announced a program to encourage students to read and promote the Every1Reads initiative. The councilman will kick off the "Blackwell's Bookworms Book Club" by reading to students at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Shacklette Elementary, 5310 Mercury Drive.

To become a member of the book club, students read a book and send an e-mail to, including the title and author of the book and the students' favorite part, as well as what book they plan on reading next. Students who submit reports are entered into drawings for free gifts donated by local businesses in the district, and all readers will receive a "Blackwell's Bookworms" bookmark.

"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'd like to form a partnership between Metro government and educators to make this program really work and see our children reading on grade level within four years."


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