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Councilman Blackwell to read with first graders at Greenwood Elementary

Wednesday February 22, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Media Contacts:
                                  
Jenny Parris
574-1112 / 417-8965 (cell)

 
LOUISVILLE (February 22, 2006) - Councilman Blackwell will read with Ms. Deacon’s first grade class at Greenwood Elementary School, 5801 Greenwood Road, Friday, February 24, at 2:30, to recognize their outstanding accomplishments in the Blackwell’s Bookworms program.
 
Councilman Blackwell began the Blackwell’s Bookworms program in October of this year to encourage local elementary and middle school students to read.  The program is 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.  
 
As an incentive to increase reading, a pizza party has been awarded to the class at each participating school that read the most books each month.  Wick’s Pizza on Dixie Highway has generously donated the pizza that has been awarded at supplier’s cost to Councilman Blackwell and the local schools.  In addition to the pizza parties, the school that reads the most books will receive a second reward at the end of the year. 

Since the program began in October, students in the winning classes at five local schools have read more than 10,000 books in just 4 months.  That represents almost 21 books read by each student every month.
 "I have been very impressed by the dedication shown by the students, teachers, parents and schools in this District," said Blackwell, D-12.  "This has proven to me that the program really works.  With this dedication, our children will be reading above grade level within four years." 
For more information contact Jenny Parris at 574-1112 or by e-mail at jenny.parris@louisvilleky.gov.

Sponsor:

Rick Blackwell (D) 12