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Miami Organizations Partner to Promote Reading, Donating 120,000 Books for Local Children at Miami Dade College

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Miami, November 26, 2013 - On Monday, December 9, at 2:00 p.m., more than 120,000 books will arrive to the Student Life Plaza at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami during a press conference calling for a renewed commitment to children’s education, and especially to literacy by The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College, The Children’s Trust, American Federation of Teachers, First Book, United Teachers of Dade, United Faculty of Miami Dade College and corporate sponsor Property Markets Group. The diverse partnership has come together to get books into the hands of Miami-Dade children from low-income families through the Read to Learn Books for Free program as well as direct distribution to local teachers.

“It is inspiring to see the commitment to reading and childhood education from this partnership help meet the critical literacy and education needs in our community,” said City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who will speak at the press conference. “Books are an essential foundation for motivating children to explore, dream, and achieve their full potential.”

“Thanks to this partnership and especially to Property Markets Group and The Children’s Trust, who each generously donated an entire truckload of books for a combined total of 80,000 to the Read to Learn Books for Free program, we are now able to put new books on our shelves and into the hands of children who might have little or no access to them,” said Lissette Mendez, director of programs at The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College.

The United Teachers of Dade (UTD) and their national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers were responsible for securing the remaining 40,000 books to be available for local teachers and UTD members to pick-up for their students following the press conference.

“All children need access to books to develop a love of reading and learning, but sadly many low-income families have to choose between buying food or buying books,” said UTD president Fedrick Ingram. “I am proud of my union for being part of this partnership to bring these books and help reclaim the promise of public education to help all children dream their dreams and achieve them.”

The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College promotes reading, writing and theatre throughout South Florida though activities open to all. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, with courses taught by local and visiting authors. The Center is home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances year round. In 2012, the Center celebrated its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts. The Center collaborates with a number of cultural institutions and other partners in South Florida, and throughout the state, to create innovative or theme-based initiatives year-round.  


Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings through MDCulture, it’s cultural affairs department, including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, MDC Live Arts performing arts series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 175,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served more than 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.



Press conference to promote reading and distribution of 40,000 books for students

  • WHEN: Monday, Dec. 9, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • WHERE: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus Student Life Plaza 300 NE Second Ave.

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
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Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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