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20th Annual Community Reading Day Promotes Literacy in Community

Category: Literacy Published on May 02 2018

 The 20th Annual Community Reading Day was held on May 1-2, 2018. Community Reading Day is organized by the Community Health & Youth Foundation (CHYF), an affiliate of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County. Volunteers from The Chamber and community read to 2,500 second grade students in 111 total classrooms, continuing the tradition of promoting literacy in the North Penn, Souderton, Methacton, Norristown and Wissahickon areas.


North Wales, Pennsylvania - May 7, 2018 - The 20th Annual Community Reading Day was held on May 1-2, 2018. Community Reading Day is organized by the Community Health & Youth Foundation (CHYF), an affiliate of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County. Volunteers from The Chamber and community read to 2,500 second grade students in 111 total classrooms, continuing the tradition of promoting literacy in the North Penn, Souderton, Methacton, Norristown and Wissahickon areas.


Readers were given a copy of A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts to read and donate to each classroom. The book tells the story of a family immigrating to the U.S. from Korea, including a young son who struggled to feel comfortable in his new school. Mrs. Foote’s second grade class at Grace Christian School in Souderton was so excited to hear this story as they soon will be welcoming students from Korea. The class created welcome cards for their new peers with their reading volunteer, Patti Harris, Retlif Testing Laboratories.


Students, school staff, and community readers have all shared their excitement about the 20th Annual Community Reading Day. Gwyn-Nor Elementary School Reading Specialist, Beth Sorgini shared her appreciation to the CHYF, “Thank you so much for sending wonderful readers to Gwyn-Nor. Your ongoing support of literacy in our schools is appreciated.”


The 20th Annual Community Reading Day was sponsored by Abington-Jefferson Health, Clyde S. Walton, Inc., Kreischer Miller, Moyer Indoor/Outdoor, Lansdale Warehouse, and Swartley Bros. Engineering, Inc.

The Community Health & Youth Foundation, an affiliate of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County, collaborates with the business community to foster programs and activities which target youth education and wellness in order to enhance the quality of life within Greater Montgomery County. Serving Montgomery County businesses since 1913, The Chamber’s mission is to provide connections, events, education and resources which add value for its members and the business community.