LA PUENTE, CA – OCTOBER 8, 2007 – Students and families from Villacorta Elementary School are anxious for the doors of discovery to open – the Wonder of Reading: Library to Discovery will hold it’s grand opening celebration on Thursday, October 11 at 10 a.m.
“The Villacorta staff and I share the philosophy that reading is the gateway to success for everyone and thanks to The Wonder of Reading and our school sponsor, The Walt Disney Company, this library opens the door to promote the love of reading to our students and school community,” said Villacorta Principal, Elaine Ganiko. “The theme of our new facility is W.O.R.L.D. or Wonder of Reading: Library to Discovery; discovering the world one book at a time.”
The new library features more than $10,000 worth of new books and engages students with cozy reading corners, where they can “flop” and read on bean bags. A mini amphitheater with steps provides the perfect place for storytelling by staff and volunteers. Individual study carrels are available for volunteers, trained by The Wonder of
“We at The Walt Disney Company are thrilled to be a part of this library dedication ceremony and support such an important aspect of a child's development,” expressed Jeff Hoffman, Vice President, Disney Worldwide Outreach. “The new library will provide a place for students where they can enrich their knowledge and engage their imagination through thousands of books as well as strengthen their reading skills with the help of caring individuals who will volunteer their time to this wonderful program.”
The grand opening ceremony will feature a school wide celebration with student song and essay performances, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony.
This will be the third Wonder of Reading Library to open in the
The Wonder of Reading transforms libraries into vibrant centers of learning through implementation of the 3R Program – Renovate, Restock and Read. The organization expands and renovates school libraries to make them more useful and inviting, restocks them with new books, and trains volunteers to work with below grade-level readers. For more information about The Wonder of Reading and its programs, please visit their website at www.wonderofreading.org.
Disney brightens the lives of children in need around the world through global outreach programs, local community initiatives and the Disney VoluntEARS program. Last year, Disney donated more than $170 million in cash and in-kind support to various charities around the world. Disney VoluntEARS contributed more than 485,000 hours of service and the company drew upon its unique magic to make wishes come true for children and families. The Disney VoluntEARS program provides opportunities for Disney employees to contribute their time and expertise towards making a positive impact in the communities they serve while furthering the traditions and ideals of The Walt Disney Company. For more information on Disney’s outreach efforts, please visit www.disneyoutreach.com.
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