Publix Super Markets Donates $4,500 to Children’s Literacy Initiative to Support Literacy and STEM at Charles R. Drew Elementary School in Pompano Beach

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Publix’s donation provided Charles Drew’s teachers and students with an additional critical literacy resource: CLI’s collection of literary nonfiction and historical texts which address biological, earth, physical, and general sciences, as well as global diversity, geography, history, economics and government.

Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization partnering with educators to improve instruction so more children read proficiently by 3rd grade, is partnering with Publix Super Markets Inc. to support early literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning at Charles R. Drew Elementary School. Publix’ recent $4,500 donation enabled (CLI) to deliver over 400 high-quality informational books to Drew, a Math, Science and Technology magnet school.

“Children’s Literacy Initiative strives to improve both teacher instructional effectiveness and student reading achievement, and with the support of Publix, these high-quality books will encourage students’ love of reading while simultaneously expanding their knowledge,” said Joel Zarrow, CEO of Children’s Literacy Initiative.

CLI is training and coaching kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers on early literacy instruction at Drew and six other Broward County Public Schools through its five-year, Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-up project funded by the U.S. Department of Education and match donors such as the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and the A.D. Henderson Foundation.

Publix’s donation provided Charles Drew’s teachers and students with an additional critical literacy resource: CLI’s collection of literary nonfiction and historical texts which address biological, earth, physical, and general sciences, as well as global diversity, geography, history, economics and government.

“Publix was founded in 1930 with the philosophy of being involved in our communities as responsible neighbors,” said Publix Media & Community Relations Manager Nicole Krauss. “We are proud to support CLI and Charles Drew’s endeavors to enrich the lives of the students in our communities.”

Krauss, Broward County Public Schools Executive Director for Early Learning/Language Acquisition Lori Canning, along with Charles Drew’s Principal Angeline Flowers and Reading Coach Anitra Fleming recently joined CLI Regional Manager Michele LaCoursiere at Drew School to celebrate the arrival of the book collections.

"We're honored and excited for this amazing opportunity for Charles Drew Elementary and our students," said Dr. Canning. "The donation by Publix supports our efforts and focus on providing critical literacy resources and opportunities for our teachers and students."

ABOUT CHILDREN’S LITERACY INITIATIVE

Established in 1988, Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is headquartered in Philadelphia. CLI is focused on improving the American education system by ensuring low-income students can read by third grade. The program provides personalized, one-on-one teacher coaching, research-based literacy training, small

group coaching, leadership coaching for principals and teacher-leaders and provides the books and materials classrooms need so that students can become powerful readers, writers and thinkers. In addition to Philadelphia, the organization provides services to school districts including Passaic & Elizabeth NJ, Chicago, Houston, Broward County FL, and Denver. For more information, visit http://www.cli.org.

ABOUT PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS INC.

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 188,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,158 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 20 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.

ABOUT BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 93 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

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