BRONX, NY–South Bronx United will hold its 7th Annual Literacy Day on Saturday, May 20th, 2017. This scholarly event is held every year for the organization’s Recreational League to encourage youth in the community to become active readers by making reading a daily part of their lives. SBU hopes to empower kids with the tools for success to improve the South Bronx community and it starts with improved literacy. Research has shown that early childhood literacy leads to better adult opportunities and improved outcomes. In fact, high quality early learning opportunities have been linked to increased likelihood of graduating high school, which is severely lacking in the South Bronx , with a mere 54% graduation rate.
Over 600 boys and girls from ages 4-16 years old are expected to attend the event, which will be held at 3 locations throughout the day: Macomb’s Dam Field, Mulally Park and South Bronx High School.
Last year, Literacy Day has allowed children in the community to take part in raffles, soccer games, and reading group sessions where approximately 1,000 books were available for families to take home. This year will be no different, except that book donations have been doubled to a superb 2,000 books and kids will also receive a bookmark to complement their new books.
Reading groups are typically led by coaches and youth leaders in the SBU Academy, many of whom also started in the Rec League and welcome the opportunity to give back to a program which has aided in their success. This year, featured books include Young Pele: Soccer’s First Star, Alex Morgan’s Breakaway: Beyond the Goal, Winner’s Never Quit by Mia Hamm and Soccer Sisters by Andrea Montalbano. Reading circles for older kids will use articles to engage them in discussions based on current soccer specific topics.
Player, coach and author, Andrea Montalbano will also make a special appearance to the Girls U11 reading circle, where she will sign books, answer questions and join in the soccer fun! Not only has Andrea written the Soccer Sisters series as a way to unite girls in sports, she has also created a movement to encourage girls and women to support each other on and off the field with “The Play it Forward Project.” This is a social media campaign that allows you to engage in random acts of kindness and then challenge friends and family to so the same by posting your good deed on social media, thereby ‘playing it forward.’
After the reading circles, children will be able to take home books for free and will also be able to engage in various games and activities. This day would not have been possible without the generous support of the following organizations and companies who invest in literacy just as much as we do:
If you have books you would like to donate, please bring them to Macombs Dam Field (across from Yankee Stadium) on Saturday, May 20th between 9am and 2pm or contact Lucy Dass at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a donation pickup. South Bronx United thanks all the donors, volunteer, coaches and staff members who helped to make the event possible.