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Local Preschoolers Participate in National Literacy Campaign to Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Monday, February 13, 2006 8:08 am EST



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"All of our teachers have been really supportive and are helping us achieve our goal."

From January 17 until February 17, 2006, 30 preschool children ages 3 to 5 from Children's for Children-Procter & Gamble Daycare are participating in Scholastic Book Clubs ClassroomsCare program to get books donated to disadvantaged children nationwide, including many who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina. For every 100 books the children read, Scholastic Book Clubs, a division of Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company, will donate 100 books (for a total donation of up to one million new books).

Three not-for-profit partners will ensure that the books get into the hands of the hardest to reach and neediest children. First Book®, Reach Out and Read®, and Save the Children® will receive and distribute the donations to children in under-served communities across the U.S.

"It's good to have the children involved in the ClassroomsCare program because it teaches them social awareness and giving to others," said Ruby Baker, lead teacher, at Children's at Children-P&G. "A lot of the families at the school have gotten involved because it gives them something interactive to do at home with the kids," Baker said.

At Children's for Children-P&G, the preschoolers are counting the number of books they read at home, at the center and with the teachers during story time. So far, they have read approximately 250 books collectively and hope to reach their goal of 300 by the February 17 deadline.

Sarah Whinnery, lead teacher at Children's for Children-P&G, explained the preschoolers' excitement about participating in the program. "Our children understand that through this program other children who need books will be getting them."

Even though Whinnery and Baker are the only two teachers who have classes participating in the literacy campaign, Whinnery said all of the teachers at the school have played an important role in promoting ClassroomsCare. "All of our teachers have been really supportive and are helping us achieve our goal." She also said that the program is a positive one for everyone who is involved. "We realize ClassroomsCare has allowed us to strengthen home, school and community relationships."

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology. Scholastic creates quality educational and entertaining materials and products for use in school and at home, including children's books, magazines, technology-based products, teacher materials, television programming, film, videos and toys. The Company distributes its products and services through a variety of channels, including proprietary school-based book clubs, school-based book fairs, and school-based and direct-to-home continuity programs; retail stores, schools, libraries and television networks; and the Company's Internet site,

About Children's for Children-P&G
Children's for Children - P&G is recognized as leader in early childhood education for unparalleled programming for young children, parents and early childhood educators and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Children's for Children offers full-day, year-round enrollment, for Proctor and Gamble employees. Specialized programs designed for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, are aimed at preparing them for a lifetime of successful learning and positive social interactions. To learn more about Children's for Children visit the center's Internet site,