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Posted June 15, 2016

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APS Teachers Read to Youth at Story Time in the Park

New Title I program will provide 120,000 books to children, families

Supt. Raquel Reedy reads to children at Alamosa Park as part of Title I Story Time in the Park program.

Wednesday Albuquerque Public Schools Supt. Raquel Reedy helped kick off a new program where APS teachers read books to children at 35 parks, community centers and other locations prior to the summer lunch programs this summer.

The new program called Story Time in the Park began on Monday and will continue Monday through Thursday for three weeks until July 1 and then resume again for another three weeks on July 11. In addition to reading, APS teachers will also talk to parents and about ways they can help their child improve their reading. The stories and activities begin about an hour prior to meal time at each location.

“I think this is a wonderful way for children and families to continue learning this summer,” Reedy said. “The APS Title I program will distribute more than 120,000 books to children who attend the program.”

Laurie Everhart, APS Title I executive director, said the idea is to read to children in locations where they are already going. “We thought that because families were already taking their kids to meal sites, it was the perfect location for us to provide books as well.”

Some locations will have translators to read the books in Spanish as well as English.

Everhart noted that the teachers will provide paper and pencils to the children so that they can write or draw a picture about the books being read.

The Title I program set aside more than $170,000 from funds allocated for parent engagement for the program. The money is used to pay teachers, some interpreters and to buy the books and supplies.

Locations are as follows:

4-H Park

1401 Menaul NW

Alameda Spray Park

9800 4th NW 87114

Alamosa Park

1100 Bataan SW

Atrisco Park

229 Atrisco SW DR. 87105

Bel-Air/Miramontes Park

3910 Phoenix NE (@ Belair)

Chelwood Park

839 Pawnee St. NE 87123

East Atrisco Park

6600 Miami Rd NW

Eddie Garcia Park

804 Cromwell Ave SW, 87102

Goodrich Park

200 Delamar NW (@ 2nd)

Hawthorne Park

420 General Somervall NE

Jack and Jill Park

433 ½ Arizona SE

La Ladera Park

211 Los Ranchos NW

La Vida Nueva Apartments

1200 Dickerson Dr. SE 87106

Lavaland Park

319 64th NW

Los Padillas Comm Center

2117 Los Padillas Rd SW

Mesa Verde Park

Marquette and Pennsylvania NE

Montgomery Park

5510 Ponderosa NE (@ San Mateo)

Mountain View Comm Center

201 Prosperity Ave SE 87105

Raymac Park

2805 Morton SW Ln 87105

Rio Grande Indoor Pool

2312 Arenal Rd SW 87105

Sandia Valley Church of the Nazarene 

2315 Markham Road SW

Shadyside Park

2920 Isleta Blvd SW 87105

Snow Park Shelter

9501 Indian School NE

South Broadway Park

263 Garfield SE (Garfield @ John)

South Valley Pool

3912 Isleta Blvd SW

Tapia Meadows Park

1121 Goff SW

Tiguex Park

1800 Mountain NW (@ 18th)

Tom Tenorio Park

2900 Arenal SW 87121

Tower Park (2 locations)

86th  & Tower SW

Trumbull Children's Park

8201 Trumbull SE

Valle del Bosque Park

480 Sunset Rd. SW 87105

Westgate Park

10596 Rio Puerco SW (@ Delgado)

Westside Comm Center

1250 Isleta Blvd SW 87105

Wilson Park

6000 Anderson SE/1099 San Pedro SE

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