Milk + Bookies Hosts First Annual Story Time Celebration in Los Angeles Sunday February 28, 2010

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Nationwide Charitable Organization Encourages Literacy Awareness&Service Honorary Committee Members scheduled to attend includes: Jennifer Garner, Will Ferrell, Greg Grunberg, Jayma Mays and Dave Grohl.

"We hope to make this a “Habitat for Humanity” for literacy and giving," said Executive Board Chair Meredith Alexander.

Following five years of perfecting their local reading and “learning to give” charity, founder Meredith Alexander has launched the M+B Class Project enabling high school students all across the country to earn community service hours by recreating the bookstore party they have been hosting locally since 2004.

“I’m so excited that our vision is becoming a reality to children nationwide. We love the idea of kids learning how great it feels to give back,” said Executive Board Chair Meredith Alexander. “Its hard to believe that less than six years ago, we invited a group of friends, with their children, to spend a day at a local bookstore hanging out and coloring book plates to give back locally, and now we’re taking it to the next level. We hope to make this a “Habitat for Humanity” for literacy and giving."

Alexander, along with her co-chairs Heidi Lindelof and Laura Zimmerman, will mark their inaugural year of national fundraising by hosting a huge family fun day on Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at the Skirball Cultural Center. Beginning at 10am, guests are invited to participate in a special story time celebration, which includes celebrity readers, story-inspired arts & crafts, photo flipbooks and more. To help raise awareness of children’s literacy the following honorary committee members are slated to attend and participate in story time reading: Jason Biggs (“American Pie”), Will Ferrell, Jennifer Garner (“Valentine’s Day”), Dave Grohl (The Foo Fighters), Jonah Hill (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Superbad”), Dermot Mulroney (“The Wedding Date,” “Must Love Dogs”), Marlon Wayans (“Scary Movie 1, 2, 3 and 4,” “White Chicks”), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) and Jayma Mays (“Glee”).
During Milk + Bookies, children are encouraged to “Do The Giving.” At the Skirball Cultural Center, a giant “Bookstore” will be established on-site where families can select books, inscribe them with personal messages, and donate them back using Milk + Bookies to distribute these books to local school children that do not have access to books of their own.

About Milk + Bookies
Milk + Bookies is a charitable organization dedicated to empowering teen and college students nationwide to earn community service hours while learning to become leaders in peer-based philanthropy. The organization’s website supports student hosts to throw a Milk + Bookies event locally in their local home/school town bookstore. To date, corporate sponsors for Milk + Bookies include Creative Artists Agency, DreamWorks Studio, Scholastic, and Skirball Cultural Center.
This event, the “M+B Class Project,” requires inviting families with young children (guests) to spend the day celebrating books and giving. The child guests (usually Pre-K to 2nd Grade) are asked to choose, purchase and inscribe a book that will be donated to a local child of a similar age living in poverty. This special day of giving and learning is filled with music, story time and of course, milk and cookies. For more information, visit http://www.milkandbookies.org.

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