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I received this from a friend and Bronx resident, James “Peach” McClory (and published poet ‘Rooftop Reflections: Lessons Learned from the Outside Looking In‘) on a wonderful program to get out boys to read:

I am participating in a program that a calls for MEN to participate in the the first annual “Real Men Read” initiative at PS 333 in the Bronx, New York. This initiative is to get boys interested in reading and encourage and motivate literacy in the lives of young boys.

This is the call from Luz Gerena, Parent Coordinator at PS 333 in the Bronx:

Good morning: My name is Luz Gerena, I am the Parent Coordinator at P.S. 333 in the Bronx. I would like to invite you to our first ” Real Men Read” initiative at P.S. 333. 
For 30 years the Department of Education continues to research and report the following:

1- Boys score less successfully than girls in Reading tests.
2- Eighth grade boys are more likely to be held back than girls.
3- Two thirds of special education students are boys
4- Overall enrollment in college is higher for girls than for boys.

We need you to help us by joining our campaign and help empower youngsters. All we ask is 10-30 minutes of your time to read a story or a poem of your choice, Our goal for this year is to have 300 men read to our children. The campaign runs through March 7, 2014. Help assist us in redefining our students’ attitude about reading. Help our boys listen to multiple reading genres through a man’s voice. Encourage boys to read by you being a role model.

Please help our boys, our community and our families set the example that you are for all of us by coming to our school and joining this great event. I am sure that this experience will be live changing for many and will be remembered by our students for many years to come.

I hope to hear from you! Please help us make a difference! Please contact me at 718-860-3313 ext. 214 or at 347-984-7274. I really hope to hear from you! Thank You. Sincerely, Luz

Ms. Luz Gerena, Parent Coordinator
P.S. 333 The Museum School
888 Reverend James A. Polite Ave.
Bronx, New York 10459
Telephone 718-860-3313 Ext. 214
Fax 718-842-8734

If there are any MEN who would LOVE/LIKE to spend 10-30 minutes of your time to read a story or poem of your choice, then please feel free to contact Luz Gerena any time before Friday, March 7, 2014.

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