Brownieland May #10in10 featuring the Early Reading Project

In honor of National Get Caught Reading Month, Brownieland Pictures’ Robyn Ellis Kranz volunteered as a Mystery Reader at Woodward Elementary to two awesome Kindergarten classes! Robyn read the book “Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born” by Jamie Lee Curtis, and each of the children got to take a book home.


In partnership with Ferst Readers and the Rotary Clubs of Brookhaven, Decatur, Dunwoody, North Atlanta and South Dekalb, the Early Reading Project at Woodward Elementary is an initiative to help Pre-K and Kindergarten students to be “reading to learn” by 3rd grade. With the support of a Rotary District Grant and the Ferst Foundation, the mission is supported through book donations and a monthly Mystery Reader program to 10 Kindergarten and 3 Pre-K classes at Woodward Elementary. Throughout this year, the supporters of this initiative will donate more than 3,000 books to 248 students, read to 13 classes monthly and equip parents with book-specific, multi-lingual reading guides to use at home. This Early Reading Project is helping students learn to read and learn to love to read, so that by the time they reach third grade, they will be ready to learn through reading.

The mission of Ferst Readers is to provide books for local communities to prepare preschool children for reading and learning success. Ferst Readers strives to improve early learning opportunities for every child regardless of income, race, religion or gender with the philosophy that any child who cannot read is at-risk. In 1999, Ferst Readers was founded to address the growing problem of children from low-income communities entering kindergarten without basic early literacy skills and school readiness, a preventable problem that has far-reaching impacts throughout students’ lives. The recipe for early school success is simple: start school with strong literacy skills. Find out more about Ferst Readers HERE.

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