Speakers Wanted, Sesame Reads

Posted by on March 16, 2009

This year Sesame Workshop will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, the single largest informal educator of children around the world. Because of this momentous occasion, the show has chosen to focus on an issue that will play a critical role in shaping life-long attitudes, values, and patterns of behavior of our children and their families – the environment.

Over 7 years ago, “Sesame Reads,” a volunteer literacy reading initiative designed to give back to the community and the children that we serve, was organized by Sesame Workshop staff.  Since beginning this program, “Sesame Reads” has served over 4,000 children in pre-k & elementary schools, day care and community centers, and after-school programs throughout the tri-state area. This year we are planning a major event with New Horizons Academy that will focus on 3 areas – family literacy, healthy habits, and the environment.

At New Horizons Academy, we believe that children are, by nature, curious and eager learners.  We believe that young children learn best when they experience their environment first-hand in play.  It is their direct experience in the world with people, places, and objects that sparks their innate desire to find out and solve the problems that present themselves through the course of everyday events.  Teachers provide the expert guidance and support for knowing how things work and how to successfully live in the world with others.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, April 25th, will be held at 1459 Haddon Avenue, Camden, NJ 08104, with over 400-600 children (Pre-k to 3rd grade), who represent Camden’s diverse population.  As a champion and supporter of protecting our environment, and the health and education of children, we would like to invite you to our event.  Whether giving welcoming remarks as a speaker, staffing an information/activity table, or donating to cover signage and material expenses, your support and desire to both “excite and educate” our children would be greatly appreciated by Sesame Workshop, the New Horizons Academy and, most importantly, by the children, parents, and friends who will attend this event.

If you should have any questions about the event, please contact Katie Mills (856) 264-7993 or Robert Banks (856) 534-8024.  We look forward to your response and your participation at our event.

Sesame Workshop (http://www.sesameworkshop.org)
New Horizons Academy (http://new-horizons-academy.com)

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