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Many communities depend on business partners in the community to give back with a variety of programs to benefit children. Goodwill Manasota in Sarasota is stepping up this month as a business partner that gives back for the children in the community.

Goodwill Manasota will begin its Good Readers Program on January 23 with its project to improve the reading skills of low-income children in Sarasota. Volunteers will read to children at Alta Vista Elementary at 10:30 a.m. to kick off the program.

Goodwill's CEO believes that strong early literacy skills are a link to future opportunities in obtaining good jobs with good salaries and training opportunities. Poverty and illiteracy are a large part of poor reading skills. 94% of students at Alta Vista Elementary School in Sarasota live in poverty. Students do not have access to books in their home, and Goodwill plans to play a part in solving this by giving each student books after the reading session.

Education has always been a focus of Goodwill Industries, and Sarasota is fortunate to have this organization as a business partner in the community to help with early education with its Good Readers Program. Volunteers are always welcome to contact Rick Hughes at 941-355-2721, ext. 114 for information about Goodwill's Good Readers program. You may also email Rick at Rick.Hughes@gimi.org.

Check out the great video for another early literacy project from A Bookcase for Every Child. Communities around the country can make a difference with creative projects that encourage young children to become readers.

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