SBU Hosts annual Literacy Day on May 14th

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BRONX, NY–South Bronx United will hold its 6th annual Literacy Day to encourage children and youth to become active readers. Over 450 boys and girls aged from 4-16 years old are expected to attend the event, which will be held on Saturday, May 14th at Macomb’s Dam Field across from Yankee Stadium.

In previous years, Literacy Day has allowed children in the community to take part in raffles, games, and reading sessions where over 1,000 books were available for families to take home. Reading groups were sectioned by teams, with specific soccer related books being read to each group by youth leaders. Books that were featured in the past have been Young Pele Soccer’s First Star, The Wild Soccer Bunch and Mia Hamm’s Winner’s Never Quit.

Families sorting through donated books to take home.

Families sorting through donated books to take home.

The tradition will continue with this upcoming Literacy Day where high school students in the SBU Academy as well as coaches will hold reading circles with elementary school children.  After the reading circles, children will be able to take home the featured books for free and will be able to engage in various games and activities. This year, books have been generously donated by Penguin Random House, Association of American Publishers, Candlewick Publishing, WorldVision, Abbeville Press, Better World Books, as well as individual donors.

In addition to the reading circles, the older children will engage in discussions based on specific articles and topics.  The Bronx branch of the New York Public Library will also be in attendance, hosting an info table and leading various literacy workshops. At the end, children of all ages and parents will have the opportunity to take home a variety free books courtesy of our many generous donors.

Girls reading group.

Girls reading group.

If you have books you can donate, please bring to Macombs Dam Field (across from Yankee Stadium, map to 1 E 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451) on Saturday, May 7th or May 14th between 9am and 2pm, or contact us at info@southbronxunited.org or (718) 404-9281. South Bronx United thanks all the donors and volunteers who helped make the event possible.

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