[b]The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) has partnered with national award winning bilingual literacy program, Read Conmigo, to celebrate an important milestone - more than one million storybooks given away since the program's creation in 2011.[/0 The partnership's goal is to continue to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of education and literacy. Both organizations also distributed more than 10,000 books to over 70 local children's organizations, schools and school districts present during the festivities.
"We are extremely impressed by Read Conmigo's commitment to bilingual families," said Nichol Whiteman Executive Director, LADF. "Regardless of language barriers, all parents should be able to read to their children. It is great to see our shared vision of helping Read Conmigo reach their One Millionth Book Giveaway come to fruition."
Research shows that minority children, particularly African-American and Latino children, who are not reading proficiently by third grade are more than twice as likely not to graduate from high school. A big part of the problem is access to adequate reading materials at home, along with active parental involvement in a child's reading habits at a very young age. By providing families with the bilingual storybooks, LADF and Read Conmigo hope to bridge the gap for many bilingual parents in the Greater Los Angeles area that are not able to read to their children in English or Spanish due to the language barriers and make it a core activity at home.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation to celebrate Read Conmigo's one millionth book milestone," said Fabi Harb, West Coast Manager of Read Conmigo. "We are committed to making bilingual resources available to families in order to assure their child's academic success. We look forward to sharing our next one million storybooks with Los Angeles and the nation."
Recently recognized as a Bright Spot Award winner by the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics to support Latino educational attainment and merit, Read Conmigo along with LADF provided a first batch of tangible materials in English and Spanish to all grantees present at the event. Organizations interested in joining the partnership and receiving free storybooks and online resources can contact Harb at Read Conmigo via email at email@example.com.