Jan 8, 2016
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Local educators, administrators, parents and special guest Assemblymember Tony Thurmond are planning to convene at Richmond Civic Center next month to discuss strategies to ensure all West County children are reading at grade level by third grade.

The free Literacy Convening, the second in a series of events that bring education stakeholders together, is set to take place Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Parents and those who work in education are encouraged to register here for the free event.

At the convening, attendees will hear from Thurmond, get updates on the West Contra Costa Unified School District’s strategic plan on literacy, learn the negative effects of early childhood absenteeism, and hear success stories. Those who work in education will network with other service providers in their field. Parents will learn tools on how to best support their children’s success in school.

Free lunch will be provided to all attendees along with free childcare for parents with young children.

In addition, parents can tap a free book giveaway by West County Reads.

“All parents and kids will receive free books to take home with them at the end of the event,” organizers said, adding that Spanish speakers will receive translated material.

The Literacy Convening is part of the West Contra Costa Literacy Coalition, a partnership between the Richmond Community Foundation, Hellman Foundation and The California Endowment.

For more information, please contact syousefia@richmondcf.org.

The above video was published by the The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a national collaboration of foundations, nonprofit partners, states and communities. 


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.