At 9:00 am on Friday, March 1, 2013, guest readers from U .S. Steel and the local community will be coming to Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center, located at 404 Braddock Avenue in Braddock, to read to 70 preschool children. Guest readers from U.S. Steel and the community will read books about safety, including themes of stranger danger, bullying, and how to call 911.
Guest readers from U. S. Steel include Staff Sergeant Nick Davis, U.S. Army Recruiter. Sergeant Davis was deployed twice to Iraq (2004 and 2008) as an Army Calvary Scout responsible for reconnaissance missions.
Readers from the community will include State Representative Paul Costa, a long-time advocate of education for District 34 which includes Braddock; Braddock Mayor John Fetterman; Braddock Police Chief Fred Debartolo and Edgewood Fire Chief Dave Andrews. Also reading is Patricia Waldinger, CEO, American Red Cross Western Pennsylvania Region, an organization whose mission is to help keep our families and communities safe.
The Heritage 4 Kids Early Learning Center is a nationally and regionally accredited childcare center that fosters early learning for children in underserved communities in the Mon Valley region of Pittsburgh. 95% of children enrolled at 4 Kids are from families at or below the poverty level. The education children receive at 4 Kids enables them to start grade school at the same level as their peers from more affluent families.
Readers will begin at 9:00 am and continue until approximately 10:30 am. The books donated from U. S. Steel are Emergency Call 911, Never Talk to Strangers, My Mom is a Firefighter, and Billy Bully. Every classroom and every student will receive a copy of the book that is read in the classroom courtesy of U. S. Steel. Eat’n Park Restaurants is providing Mini Smiley Cookies for each classroom.
About Heritage Community Initiatives: Heritage Community Initiatives is a community based non-profit, based in Braddock , PA, providing support for families that live in Braddock and the Mon Valley region of Allegheny County through services in education, transportation and community outreach. We seek to strengthen individuals and families in order to build healthier communities and provide resources for sustainability. For more information, visit www.heritageserves.org or Facebook.com/HeritageServes.
About NEA’s Read Across America: The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 16th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources. Read Across America commemorates the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss. For more information, visit www.nea.org/readacross.
About United States Steel Corporation: United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is an integrated steel producer with major production operations in the United States, Canada and Central Europe and an annual raw steelmaking capability of 29.3 million net tons. The company manufactures a wide range of value-added steel sheet and tubular products for the automotive, appliance, container, industrial machinery, construction, and oil and gas industries. For more information, visit www.ussteel.com.