Jax First Lady, Molly Curry & Jax Children’s Commission launch 2016 JaxKids Book Club.

On June 1, 2016 Jacksonville’s first lady, Molly Curry will be helping the Jacksonville Children’s Commission launch the 2016 JaxKids Book Club. Mrs. Curry will be reading a Book Club original book to Pre-K Students at The Salvation Army (328 N Ocean Street, Jax, FL 32202). She will be reading to the children at 9:30 am. Then at 10:15 am Barbara Gubbins, Director of Jacksonville Public Libraries, will be reading to the VPK students at Community Connections (327 E Duval Street, Jax, FL 32203)!

The Jacksonville Children’s Commission’s JaxKids Book Club is a free early literacy summer reading program privately funded by local, civic-minded corporations and organizations who value the importance of early literacy and education for our children. (Funders include: 121 Financial, Early Learning Coalition of Duval, The Boeing Company, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, JM Family Enterprises, INC/Toyota Southeast Toyota Distrutors, LLC, Holland & Knight, Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki Trial Attorneys, Jacksonville Jaguars, The Chartrand Foundation , and Broadbased Next Generation Marketing.)

By the end of August 2016, 10,000 4-year olds will receive a FREE JaxKids Book Club Backpack. The Backpack includes five books written specifically about special people and places in Jacksonville! The books will be distributed at 405 Early Learning Centers and six Public Library sites listed below. Recipients must be four years-old by Sept. 1, 2015, AND entering kindergarten in 2016.

Since its inception in 2004, the JaxKids Book Club has provided 1,093,596 free books to more than 95,000 four year-olds throughout the city. As a national model, 19 states and 40 municipalities have consulted with Jacksonville officials to create similar programs that promote early literacy.

Goals of the JaxKids Book Club include: -Introducing high-quality books into the homes of children preparing to enter kindergarten -Encouraging learning over summer break to help prevent summer learning loss -Providing parents with practical tools to instill literacy as a core value -Increasing family awareness of the importance of reading with children every day -Providing family engagement events that include interactive and fun ways for parents and children to learn and bond together

How does your child receive a Jax Kids Book Club backpack? To register, vist http://jaxkidsbookclub.net/registration/

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