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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2013

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer 
Office:
623-882-7053; michael.sakal@goodyearaz.gov 


Goodyear becomes member of Read On Arizona Literacy Program 

The City of Goodyear now is a member of a state-wide literacy program that helps others become better readers.
 
The Arizona Literacy Advisory Board and Read On Arizona announced that it has approved Goodyear as a Read On city member as part of a state-wide literacy collaborative, a partnership that provides programs in communities to improve literacy.
 
Goodyear’s commitment to developing a literacy collaborative focused on raising awareness through a city-wide read-a-thon which will be held in April, its ability to build on the city’s established partnerships with school districts and community partners as well as its role and participation in the Mayor’s Education roundtable demonstrates its strong support of early literacy.
 
Noting the impressive track record that the city of Goodyear has in making education a priority, Arizona Literacy Director Terri Clark said, “It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we include Read On Goodyear as our newest Read On community member.
 
Goodyear City Manager Brian Dalke who submitted a letter to the Arizona Early Literacy Advisory Board requesting that the city become a member of Read On Arizona, said, “Education always is a top priority, and we’re always looking for ways to help strengthen the education of others and that begins with literacy. Without having strong reading skills, it is difficult to progress in education and the workforce.”
 
Councilmember Sheri Lauritano came up with the idea to pursue the designation for Goodyear. The city also met much of the criteria for this designation from Vice-Mayor Joanne Osborne’s Building Blocks to Great School program.
 
Clark added, “We look forward to assisting Goodyear in its efforts and providing technical assistance, access to research and education forums as well as connecting to a network of other communities that possess Goodyear’s commitment to early literacy by sharing best practices and innovative solutions .”
 
Nearly 22,000 third grade children in Arizona are potentially at risk for not being at their grade’s reading level. According to a report by First Things First, Arizona ranks 44th in the nation in the percentage of parents who read daily to their children from birth to age 5. 

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