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More than 2,000 parents and children will gather Thursday night to read books together, recite poetry, tell stories and celebrate literacy in the Oakland Family Reading Night, sponsored by the Oakland Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dennis K. Chaconas and the Oakland Parents Literacy Project.
The event - Thursday evening, October 10 - will include nine public schools. Families will enjoy special literacy presentations by students, staff and special guests, including:
Mayor Jerry Brown, Lafayette Elementary,
Roland Williams, Oakland Raiders player, Prescott Elementary,
Ishmael Reed, internationally renowned author, Sherman Elementary,
§ Ayelet Waldman, children's writer and storyteller, Santa Fe Elementary, 915 54th,
Judge Federico Chavez, nephew of Cesar Chavez, La Escuelita
§ Staciana Stitts, Olympic Gold Medalist, Womens Swimming &U.C. Berkeley athlete, Allendale Elementary, 3670 Penniman Ave.,
Aggie Rose-Chavez, wife of Judge Federico Chavez and strong literacy
advocate, Lazear Elementary,
§ Tennessee Reed, local author and poet, Cox Elementary School, 9860 Sunnyside St., 6 p.m.
Larry Reid, City Councilmember, District 7,
Students, parents and neighbors will tell stories,
recite poetry, and read their favorite essay or book passage. This evening will
underscore the need for a renewed focus on literacy in
To encourage participation, Superintendent Chaconas has pledged that he will award a pizza party to all grades that have 100 percent attendance at the event and will also present these students with an opportunity to dunk him in a dunk tank.
For more information, please contact Kelsey Krausen at 510-879-8661.