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Charlotte Volunteers Kick Off Reading Buddies Program

On December 17th & 18th, the Chris Canty Foundation teamed up with Merry Oaks Elementary in Charlotte, NC to promote the importance of literacy education. Volunteers and staff at Merry Oaks join hands to greet K-5 students with Holiday Cheer as Santa Claus handed out books and giveaways to over 150 students that will be particpating in reading buddies program. Students also participated in educational trivia about on grammar while volunteers handed out prizes. Special guest from local Verizon Wireless' Call Center Care Cat visited with the kids. It was an amazing experience to see kids so excited to receive books.
 
This Holiday Giveaway event reminds youth that there is more to the Holidays than receiving gifts. It's about instilling hope and excitement in everyone during this time of year, especially youth. We want to encourage them to not only excel academically, but to use their imagination. Reading can take you anywhere you desire to go in life - Joseph Canty, President/Chairman.

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