LATINAS FOR LATINO LITERATURE (L4LL) LAUNCH THE LATINO CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

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SRP Google plus coverTHE L4LL LATINO CHILDREN’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM ENGAGES CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, USING TECHNOLOGY TO HELP STUDENTS REACH READING GOALS WHILE HAVING FUN.

 WHAT: This is the first time a Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program engages Latino kids and their parents, who will reinforce with their involvement, their children’s literacy goals and vocabulary development. The Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program recognizes that today’s students, especially Hispanics, are natives to technology. To bridge the literacy gap, the Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program promotes basic literacy skills with free bilingual downloads and reading lists designed specifically for Latino families, as well as with interactive web-based programs, apps, and social media.

The first one hundred participating students to complete the program with their parents will receive a prize of backpacks filled with school supplies, freeing budgets for other back-to-school necessities, such as buying school uniforms. Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL) designed this innovative program with the goal of helping students reach literacy goals while having fun thanks to the support of Plaza Familia, Latinos in Technology Innovation and Social Media (LATISM), latinamom.me, Boden PR, PBS KIDS, Mommy Maestra, The Wise Latina Club, and is powered by Google. Says Eliana Murillo, Google Head of Multicultural Marketing, “We’re thrilled that Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL) is using online tools, from Google+ to YouTube, to make the Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program as accessible and useful as possible, to students and familias around the country. As the daughter of an educator, I could not be more excited and proud to be a part of this phenomenal movement to promote Latino literature and empower the community through reading.”

WHO: Newborns to children eighteen years of age and their parents, because we know that adult participation–concept reinforcement and modeling–will maximize success. The L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program also welcomes other stakeholders helping our children exceed their literacy goals such as teachers, librarians, authors, illustrators, computer programmers, and celebrities.

WHEN/WHERE: The L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program is a 10-week session beginning Saturday, June 1, 2013 until Monday, August 12, 2013. Updates and additional information will be posted on our website, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter pages.

HOW: After signing up on our website, participants can download for free L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program package with materials such as the pledge, reading lists divided by age group, reading logs, certificate of achievement, and more. Throughout the summer, students and parents will be tracking the time spent reading and completing the curriculum while staying engaged through interactive events including Google+ Hangouts on Air and YouTube videos. The first one hundred families with school-aged children to complete the program will receive backpacks filled with school supplies. For sponsorship opportunities and media interviews, please email Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D. at viviana@latinas4latinolit.org

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