Kids’ Dreams Donates $9,000 for Annual Literacy Days in the Gardens

FROM LEFT: CPL. JOHN SYLVESTER, CHIEF DEPUTY MICHAEL GAUGER, PATRICIA LEBOW, SHERIFF RIC BRADSHAW, CYNTHIA PALMIERI, JOHN LEVEY, DEPUTY RAFAEL DURAN, LANCE LONGWATER
FROM LEFT: CPL. JOHN SYLVESTER, CHIEF DEPUTY MICHAEL GAUGER, PATRICIA LEBOW, SHERIFF RIC BRADSHAW, CYNTHIA PALMIERI, JOHN LEVEY, DEPUTY RAFAEL DURAN, LANCE LONGWATER

WEST PALM BEACH (December 12, 2013)– A recent donation of $9000 is working to help hundreds of Title I at-risk youth, by inspiring a love of the written word, art and nature during the Sixth Annual Literacy Days in the Gardens on January 13 and 14 at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The donation came from Kids’ Dreams, Inc. a non- profit working to provide Palm Beach County Title I students with opportunities for culture as well as academic support in conjunction with law enforcement mentoring.

“Kids’ Dreams proudly sponsors the attendance of Palm Beach County Title I students at Literacy Days at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens to complete its mission of providing at-risk youth in our community exposure to the cultural venues in Palm Beach County” said Patricia Lebow, President of Kids’ Dreams, and Managing Partner of the statewide law firm Broad and Cassel, “By including members of the Palm BeachCounty Sheriff’s Office at Literacy Days to read to the students, the youngsters benefit from mentoring by law enforcement. This is the fourth year that Kids’ Dreams has sponsored Title I children to attend  Literacy Days at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.   We look forward to our continuing sponsorship of Literacy Days as we have an impact on so many Palm Beach County school children at one time and place  Encouraging a love of reading at a young age leads to higher graduation rates and lower crime statistics.”

Approximately five hundred Title I school children in grades 1-4 will participate in new and creative approaches to reading and the written word. Nationally recognized authors and illustrators will attend the event, joining local law enforcement, librarians and artists.

Children will take part in interactive story making, poetry, visual and performing activities designed to inspire a love of reading and writing, and a desire to embrace the power of literacy. Also featured in this year’s Literacy Days: The Awesome Adventures of Annie V., authored by the Gardens’ Executive Director and Literacy Days Director/Artist, Pamela Larkin with illustrations by award-winning artist Henry Cole; Slam Poet Champion Jashua S Ra; Author/Educator Deborah Burggraaf; Author David Mark Lopes; Storyteller Mij Byram; Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office; the Literacy Coalition; Palm Beach County Library System and SB Ideas.

For more information about Literacy Days in the Gardens, visit www.ansg.org. For more information about Kids’ Dreams, Inc. please visit www.kidsdreams.org

About Kids’ Dreams Inc.:

Kids’  Dreams is a 501(c)(3) public  charity founded  in 2007 to provide Palm Beach County  at-risk, Title I students with opportunities to attend cultural events as well  as academic support in conjunction with law enforcement mentoring. Kids’  Dreams  sponsors programs at various non-profit organizations in Palm Beach County and partners with the Palm Beach County’s Sheriff’s office in delivering its anti-gang, anti-drugs and anti- violence message.

Kids’ Dreams provides a continuum of support, beginning with the Literacy Days program at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ for primary school Title I children, followed by Zoo School for middle school youth and the Alan Lebow Awards for Excellence in Shakespearean Performance at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts for high  school students, and ending with college scholarships. Learn more at www.kidsdreams.org.

About Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc.:

The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501 (c) (3) operating foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor  Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). The gardens are conveniently located at 253 Barcelona Road, at the corner of Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, FL. The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist studio are currently open Wednesday-Sunday 11- 4 p.m.

To present, volunteer or support Literacy Days or for more information contact Pamela at plarkinart@bellsouth.net or call: 561-818-6138.

Literacy Days at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden is made possible through the generosity of Kids’ Dreams Inc., private funding and funds raised by the Festival of Trees.