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Josie Kimball, Community Relations/Event Manager, Matrix Head Start (SPONSORSHIPS)
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MORE THAN 1,000 EXPECTED TO CELEBRATE CHILDREN AND LITERACY FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL
DÍA DE LOS NIÑOS/DÍA DE LOS LIBROS – DAY OF THE CHILD, DAY OF THE BOOK IN SOUTHWEST DETROIT
DETROIT, April 20, 2015 – Matrix Human Services, in partnership with the Mexican Consulate in Detroit are gearing up for their 10th Annual Día de los Niño/ Día de los Libros (Day of the Child / Day of the Book) event. This bi-lingual, free literacy event will be held April 25th in Clark Park located at 1330 Clark Street in Southwest Detroit from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Approximately 10,000 free books will be distributed in Spanish and English to children enthusiastic about reading.
This year, Saginaw journalist/educator Rosa Morales, a voracious reader and literacy advocate will emcee as we delight attendees with books, educational and art activities, history, presentations in dance, drumming and music. She will be joined by more than 30 community organizations, educational institutions, local business and 150 volunteers who partner each year for this incredible event.
“Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros is one of my favorite celebrations. It shines the spotlight on literacy and family; a subject that is very dear to my heart as an educator. With our guidance and assistance from parents and families, we are confident that there is nothing our children cannot accomplish. During last year’s event, we distributed thousands of books to children who were excited about reading or learning to read. We want our children to understand the importance of education and be proud of the culture they represent,” said Debra Spring, Director of Matrix Head Start.
Since 1925, this celebratory tradition has taken place in Mexico. Each year thousands gather to celebrate literacy and the importance of linking children to books, languages and cultures. In the United States, April is “Month of the Young Child” reminding us all of the responsibilities we have in the academic, social, emotional and physical development of our children. Matrix Vistas Nuevas Head start currently serves more than fourteen hundred children in Detroit focusing on early childhood development.
“This family oriented, fun-filled event is free to the public and offers something for everyone including book giveaways, entertainment, the Road to College Fair and more. Last year we welcomed more than 4,000 attendees and we’re prepared to surpass that number this year.” Spring continues.
If you would like information on sponsoring this event, being a volunteer, would like to host a book fair or donate gently used children books, please contact us today.
Matrix Human Services is a Detroit-based nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)3, social service organization offering a range of programs devoted to maintaining and supporting the family unit and improving the quality of life for individuals of all ages. Serving the community for 109 years, our mission is to fight generational poverty. Matrix offers positive life experiences, assistance with basic needs, education and supportive services that defuses crisis, treat individual & family problems, prevent abuse and neglect or criminal activities. All programs are rooted in the Transition to Success Model™ (TTS™) providing a system of care designed to empower families and individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Matrix is currently seeking professionals to add to their dynamic team. Visit www.matrixhumanservices.org to learn more.
About Matrix Head Start
Matrix Head Start (MHS) currently provides services across Detroit and is the largest Head Start provider in the city. Operating from multiple program sites, Matrix Head Start provides high-quality, comprehensive services. In 2014-2015 enrollments will increase to 1,927 with 28 Early Head Start and Head Start Centers to serve children birth to five.
To discover more about Matrix Human Services and how you can get involved visit or contact us at (313) 831-1000.