DENVER — Friday, May 16, 2014 — Lt. Governor Joe Garcia will lead a statewide Colorado Literacy Week tour next week from Monday, May 19 to Friday, May 23 in order to engage communities in efforts to improve the state’s early literacy rates.

Lt. Gov. Garcia will begin the tour in the Denver Metro area with stops in Denver, Northglenn and Aurora, and then continue on to Bayfield, Durango, Grand Junction, Clifton, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Lyons, Estes Park, Boulder and Lafayette. The tour will include visits to various schools, readings to students, book giveaways, literacy program tours, such as Reach Out and Read Clinics and college early childhood educator preparation programs, as well as meetings with school officials, early childhood education leaders and community stakeholders about the importance of literacy in Colorado. Lt. Gov. Garcia will also focus on how parents, educators, community organizations and policy makers can come together to improve the literacy outcomes for Colorado’s youngest students.

Data shows one-quarter of Colorado students read below grade level at 3rd grade, a major predictor of future academic and career struggles. In order to improve early literacy the state created the Colorado Reads: Early Literacy Initiative, a joint effort between state agencies, community organizations and Colorado’s business community. SERVE Colorado, Governor Hickenlooper’s commission on community service, leads the community partnership efforts of Colorado Reads, including Colorado Literacy Week.

As part of Colorado Literacy Week 2014, McDonald’s restaurants will offer free breakfast and a free book to all four year olds during breakfast hours on Monday, May 19th to help ensure young children have reading materials in their home.

The complete schedule of events is listed below. Lt. Gov. Garcia will be available for literacy phone interviews throughout the week in addition to being available for press comments at each event. For additional details on book and breakfast giveaways and to learn more about Lt. Gov. Garcia’s commitment to early literacy, please visit www.servecolorado.org/coloradoreads/colorado-literacy-week.

 

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2014 Colorado Literacy Week Schedule

 

Monday, May 19, 2014 - Denver, Northglenn, Aurora

Location

Time

Event Description

College View Elementary

2675 South Decatur Street,

Denver, CO 80219

9:00am -

9:45am

Literacy Week Kickoff Press Conference

Lt. Governor Garcia will provide remarks on early literacy as a state priority

Adams 12 Public Schools - Hillcrest Elementary

10335 Croke Dr.

Northglenn, CO 80260

10:15am -

11:00am

Lt. Governor Garcia will meet with members of the Colorado Reading Corps and Waterford Reading Intervention

McDonald's

200 16th Street,

Denver, CO 80202

11:30am -

12:30pm

Stories on Stage featuring a One Book 4 Colorado giveaway (free books for preschoolers!) PUBLIC INVITED

Godsman Elementary School

2120 W Arkansas Ave,

Denver, CO 80223

1:00pm -

1:30pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will tour Literacy Squared - a grant funded joint program with the University of Colorado at Boulder

Vaughn Elementary

1155 Vaughn St.

Aurora, CO 80011

2:00pm -

3:00pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will provide remarks on the importance of summer learning for long term literacy success

University of Denver, Early Childhood Programs

2040 South York Street,

Denver, CO 80208

3:30pm -

4:30pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will tour Rick’s Center for Gifted Children and Fisher Early Learning Center

 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - Bayfield and Durango

Location

Time

Event Description

Bayfield Elementary School

24 Clover Rd,

Bayfield, CO 81122

9:30 am -

10:15am

Lt. Governor Garcia will honor the school’s retiring principal for her work in literacy

Pine River Library

395 Bayfield Center Dr,

Bayfield, CO

10:20am -

11:15am

Lt. Governor Garcia will honor  the nationally recognized Best Small Library in America awardee PUBLIC INVITED

Florida Mesa Elementary

216 State Highway 172,

Durango, CO  81303

12:00pm -

1:00pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will eat lunch with the students in the critically acclaimed school cafeteria

The Liberty School

215 East 12th Street,

Durango, CO 81301

1:30pm -

2:00pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will visit The Liberty School - a program to support dyslexic children

The Liberty School

215 East 12th Street,

Durango, CO 81301

2:00pm -

3:00pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will host a roundtable discussion with nine area superintendents (Invitation Only)

 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - Grand Junction and Clifton

Location

Time

Event Description

Reach Out and Read Clinic, Western Co. Pediatric Assoc.

3150 N. 12th Street

Grand Junction, CO 81506

9:00am -

9:45am

Lt. Governor Garcia will visit the Clinic and Read Aloud with kids from Joyful Journeys School

Rocky Mountain Elementary

3260 D 1/2 Rd,

Clifton, CO 81520

10:30am -

12:00pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will address the students in an all school assembly, then join kindergartners and their parents for a Last Day of School BBQ

McDonald’s

3219 I-70 Business Loop,

Clifton, CO 81520

12:00pm -

1:00pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will participate in a One Book 4 Colorado giveaway (free books for preschoolers!) PUBLIC INVITED

Mesa County Library

Central Library Community Rm

443 N. 6th Street,

Grand Junction, CO

1:30pm -

2:30pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will participate in a Summer reading event to prevent learning loss while children are out of school PUBLIC INVITED

Mesa University Campus

3:00pm -

4:00pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will participate in an early literacy roundtable discussion hosted by Mesa University and Western States Community College joint early childhood education program

 

Thursday, May 22, 2014 - Colorado Springs and Pueblo

Location

Time

Event Description

Day Nursery

104 E Rio Grande St,

Colorado Springs, CO 80903

9:00am -

10:00am

Lt. Governor Garcia will visit ECLC at Day Nursery and host a One Book 4 Colorado book giveaway

McDonald's

1824 S. Nevada Ave,

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

10:30am -

11:00am

Lt. Governor Garcia will participate in a One Book 4 Colorado giveaway (free books for preschoolers!) PUBLIC INVITED

Pueblo Community College

900 W Orman Ave,

Pueblo, CO 81004

2:30pm -

3:15pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will visit the Pueblo Community College early childhood center

Reach out and Read Pueblo Clinic

1619 N Greenwood St., Suite 400,

Pueblo, CO 81003

3:30pm -

4:15pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will visit a Reach out and Read clinic

 

Friday, May 23, 2014 - Lyons, Estes Park, Boulder, Lafayette

Location

Time

Event Description

Lyons Library

405 Main Street, Unit A,

Lyons, CO

10:30am -

11:30am

Lt. Governor Garcia will listen to students read their personal stories of being impacted by the flood PUBLIC INVITED

McDonald's

501 Big Thompson Ave,

Estes Park, CO 80517

12:00pm -

1:00pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will participate in a One Book 4 Colorado giveaway (free books for preschoolers!) PUBLIC INVITED

Boulder Valley Schools - Sanchez Elementary School

655 Sir Galahad Drive

Lafayette, CO 80026

2:15pm -

3:00pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will visit a students home as part of the PASO program’s home intervention model and walk with the family to the school where the program is based

Ryan Elementary School

1405 Centaur Village Dr,

Lafayette, CO 80026

3:30pm -

4:30pm

Lt. Governor Garcia will visit the I Have a Dream Foundation’s After School Literacy program

 

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