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October 8, 2002 Contact: Ken A. Epstein

(510) 879-8582


Oakland Family Reading Night


Oakland Raiders Player, Internationally Renowned Writer and

Oakland Mayor to Read with Oakland Families


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, 1700 Market St., 5 p.m.

         Roland Williams, Oakland Raiders player, Prescott Elementary, 920 Campbell St., 6 p.m.

         Ishmael Reed, internationally renowned author, Sherman Elementary, 5328 Brann St., 6 p.m.

         Ayelet Waldman, children's writer and storyteller, Santa Fe Elementary, 915 54th, 6 p.m.

         Judge Federico Chavez, nephew of Cesar Chavez, La Escuelita Elementary, 1100 3rd Ave., 6 p.m.

         Staciana Stitts, Olympic Gold Medalist, Womens Swimming &U.C. Berkeley athlete, Allendale Elementary, 3670 Penniman Ave., 6 p.m.

         Aggie Rose-Chavez, wife of Judge Federico Chavez and strong literacy advocate, Lazear Elementary, 824 29th Ave., 6 p.m.

         Tennessee Reed, local author and poet, Cox Elementary School, 9860 Sunnyside St., 6 p.m.

         Larry Reid, City Councilmember, District 7, Sobrante Park Elementary, 470 El Paseo Drive, 6 p.m.


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 Oakland. "Family Reading Night is an opportunity to turn off the television in Oakland, and celebrate literacy with your friends and family," said Kerry Hamill, Board President, Director from District 1 and the mother of two Oakland public school children. "I hope this evening and many others like it will underscore the school district's focus on literacy - as a cornerstone to improved academic achievement."


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.