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First Lady and Community Partners Host Eat. Read. Grow. Event and Honor Retired Raising Readers Executive Director

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State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437

May 28, 2014


Renny MacKay
Communications Director

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – First Lady Carol Mead and a coalition of Wyoming businesses, non-profits, and state agencies will host the final Eat. Read. Grow. event of the 2013-2014 school year tonight in Cheyenne.

Eat. Read. Grow. provides eligible families with an opportunity to spend quality time together over a meal and encourages them to read together at home by providing a free age-appropriate book to each child who attends. Families also take home a bag of fresh groceries, pantry supplies, and information about community resources.

This evening’s event will feature readers from the Cheyenne Police Department, a meal prepared by the Triumph High School Family Consumer Science Program from the University of Wyoming’s Cent$ible Nutrition Program cookbook, and the opportunity to sign up for Laramie County Library’s summer reading program.

“Experts say that reading to a child boosts self-confidence by strengthening the parent-child bond and supports the earliest educational experiences by cultivating intellectual curiosity and literacy skills,” First Lady Mead said. “We know that reading over the summer is critical in preventing the ‘summer slide’ and helping kids be ready to start school again in the fall.”

First Lady Mead is pleased that this event will also honor Jolene Olson, longtime Executive Director of Raising Readers in Wyoming, who has retired after many years of service.

“I am excited to celebrate Jolene and her passion for children’s literacy at this event,” First Lady Carol Mead said. “Kids all over Wyoming have benefitted from her work.”