Port Salerno Reads, the latest initiative of Eli’s House, kicks off on Dec 9 with the distribution of home libraries to the entire first grade of Port Salerno Elementary School. And, we are thrilled to announce that Sonia Manzano, known to most as “Maria” from Sesame Street, will be distributing the books to the first graders after her visit to the school next Wednesday. In January, Tonya Lewis Lee will be distributing home libraries to the PSE second graders. She is an early education advocate and, together with her husband Spike Lee, the author of several children’s books.
Port Salerno Reads grew out of our White House award-winning program, Port Salerno Talks. Port Salerno Talks educates parents and caregivers in the PSE community about the importance of talking to their babies and young children and how doing so can impact early literacy and later academic achievement. We created Port Salerno Reads to further support family-based literacy for older, school-aged children at home.
The goal of Port Salerno Reads is to eventually provide home libraries to PSE students at every grade level. Eli’s House is currently looking to partner with the business community of Stuart to sponsor additional home libraries for grades 3-5. Contact us if you would like more information or to adopt a grade!