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Kristi Yamaguchi reads to Cartwright kindergartners to promote literacy


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  • Veronica Sanchez and Katie Francis/Cartwright School District

Kristi Yamaguchi Reads To Students As Part Of Her Ongoing Efforts To Aid Early Childhood Literacy Through Her Always Dream Foundation. Photo Courtesy Of Always Dream Foundation

Two-Day Literacy Event Sponsored by Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and Read On Arizona!

WHEN:            Tues., March 22, 2016 | 10:50a.m. – 12p.m. and Wed., March 23, 2016 | 9:15a.m. – 2p.m.

WHERE:         March 22 – Starlight Park Elementary School, 7960 W. Osborn Rd, Phoenix
                          March 23 – Children’s Museum of Phoenix, 215 N. 7th Street, Phoenix

WHAT:            March 22nd – READ ALOUD

Kristi Yamaguchi reads to Cartwright kindergartners to promote literacy KristiYamaguchiReadingToStudents

Kristi Yamaguchi reads to students as part of her ongoing efforts to aid early childhood literacy through her Always Dream Foundation. Photo courtesy of Always Dream Foundation

Kristi Yamaguchi will conduct a Read Aloud of her best-selling children’s book “Dream Big, Little Pig” to the kindergarten classrooms at Starlight Park Elementary.

SPEAKERS:   Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Ice Skater | Founder, Always Dream Foundation and Veronica Sanchez | Director of Communications & Community Engagement, Cartwright School District

VISUALS:       Kristi Yamaguchi reading to students – 135 kindergarten students (broken into 2 sessions)

March 23rd – LITERACY FESTIVAL

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix will host more than 500 kindergartners from the Cartwright School District for Kristi Yamaguchi’s Reading Adventures – a fun-filled day celebrating reading and introducing students to the magic of the Museum. Each student will leave the Museum with five (5) free books to take home.

SPEAKERS:   Kate Wells, CEO, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Ice Skater | Founder, Always Dream Foundation,  and Dr. Jacob Chavez, Superintendent of Cartwright School District

CELEBRITY   Kristi Yamaguchi, NY Times best-selling Children’s Author

READERS:     B.G. Hennessy, award-winning author of the beloved CORDUROY books, Steven Hunter, Former Phoenix Suns Center and current Suns Ambassador, Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Tyson Nash, former Arizona Coyotes Left Winger, Dwight Knowlton, local illustrator and children’s book author, Disney’s Jr.’s Choo Choo Soul “with Genevieve!”, Magic by John Fitzsimmons of FitzMagic

VISUALS:       More than 500 Kindergarten students participating in reading festival and playing in Museum exhibits.

Celebrities reading to students

Meet & Greet with guest book authors

Students receiving FIVE (5) free book as they leave Museum.

Literacy-themed hands-on activity stations throughout Museum presented by the Children’s Museum of Phoenix as well as community partners Phoenix Public Library, Southwest Human Development/Raising a Reader, Arizona Literacy & Learning Center, myON.

WHY:              The Always Dream Foundation’s mission is to inspire underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy. ADF is committed to the belief that literacy is the cornerstone from which all academic and life success is built. A key element to the program is the introduction of digital tablets and eBooks in the classroom. When paired with traditional books, tablets can reinforce literacy concepts and create a powerful connection to classroom content.

CONTACTS:     Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, Dean Osaki, Co-Founder (415) 699.3371.

Cartwright School District, Veronica Sanchez, Director of Communications & Community Engagement, (623) 691-4003 Office (602) 359-1138 Cell.

Cartwright School District, Katie Francis, Communications Coordinator, (623) 691-4053 Office (623) 262-1170 Cell

Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Marion Wiener, Director of Marketing & Communications, (602) 648.2746 (office) (602) 758.4215 (cell) and mwiener@childmusephx.org