United Way of Essex and West Hudson Kicks Off 2007 Celebrity Read Program

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“Help a Child Explore the World Through Reading”

The 17th season of United Way of Essex and West Hudson’s popular Celebrity Read program begins on Tuesday, February 6, and will continue through Thursday, February 28.

Celebrity Read, created in 1990 and designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress, celebrates the rich and diverse history of African Americans and their role in shaping our national identity and was later expanded to include a component focusing on the contributions of those of Latino heritage. The term “celebrity” refers to anyone who volunteers his or her time to share their accomplishments, obstacles and observations with area youth. They can be from all walks of life–from the business community, professional firms and government employees, to musicians, athletes and actors. Real life role models who are willing to share their life experiences are encouraged to become Celebrity Readers.

Readers can select the schools and grades of their choice from among six school districts within the United Way service areas in Essex and West Hudson Counties and spend a morning reading to the children about the accomplishments of people of color.

There will be a kick off breakfast on January 24th at the Newark Club, located at One Newark Center, 22nd floor in Newark, to learn more about the program and the difference Celebrity Read has made in children’s lives. Attending the kick off breakfast and appearing at the first Celebrity Read at the Oakwood Elementary School in Orange on February 6 are Larry Hazzard, Sr., Event Chairman, former three-time Golden Glove Champion, and Athletic Commissioner for the State of New Jersey. The Co-Chair is Anwar Robinson, internationally known vocalist and 2005 American Idol Finalist. The event is sponsored by City National Bank. For additional information about schools and dates, to register for the breakfast or to register as a reader, please contact: Jeanette at United Way of Essex and West Hudson, 973-624-8300, ext. 295.

Schedule for United Way Celebrity Read Volunteers:

Feb.6: Oakwood Elementary, Orange
Feb. 7: Gordon Parks Elementary, E. Orange
Feb. 8: Chancellor Ave. School
Feb. 9: Mount Vernon School, Newark
Feb. 13: Louise A. Spencer School, Newark
Feb. 13: Heywood Avenue School, Orange
Feb. 14: Mount Vernon Avenue, Irvington
Feb. 14: Ecole Toussaint L’Overture, East Orange
Feb. 15: Camden Street Elementary, Newark
Feb. 15: Central Elementary, Orange
Feb. 16: Dr. MLK Jr. Elementary, Newark
Feb. 16: Madison Avenue School, Irvington
Feb. 20: South Street School, Newark
Feb. 21: Broadway Elementary, Newark
Feb. 22: First Avenue School, Newark
Feb. 23: Cleveland Elementary, Newark
Feb. 27: Johnnie Cochran Elementary, East Orange
Feb. 27: Lafayette Street School, Newark
Feb. 28: Jackson Academy, East Orange

To volunteer, contact: United Way, 973-624-8300, ext. 295

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