Friday, September 9, 2011

Free 9/10 Public Kid's Readathon at World Trade Center Heralds Hope & Literacy

September 11 - Hope & Renewal
#9 in an 11-Day Memorial Series of Posts

In this post reflecting on 9/11 in MBE's special 11 Days of September memorial series, hope and renewal have emerged among families and children. A special read-a-thon educational event for under served local NYC children -- which is also free and open to the public -- takes place tomorrow ahead of Sunday's memorial at the World Trade Site in New York. This activity for children and families is noteworthy because it will celebrate hope and the positive, transformative power of literacy. 
A former WTC steel support to be dedicated on 9/11 in Beverly Hills
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

It is also fitting, considering that the foundation organizing this event is honoring its namesake -- a victim of the terrorist attack 10 years ago.  I can't think of a more appropriate public activity as this considering that 3,052 children -- with an average age of 9 years old -- lost a mom or dad on that fateful Tuesday in 2001. Also that President George W. Bush was reading to young kids in a Florida classroom when he first received word of the terrorist attack.
A child in California who lost his dad on 9/11 drew this picture
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

The Brooke Jackman Foundation Read-a-thon scheduled from 10 am - Noon on Saturday, September 10 is the only event by an outside organization occurring inside the World Financial Center during the upcoming memorial weekend.  Guest readers and performers include many well-known names in the entertainment business as well as various children's authors and New York City personalities. 

Organizers expect this to be not only an afternoon of educational fun but also a celebration of literacy and hope. The event, hosted by Arts World Financial, will take place at the World Financial Center Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street in New York City. The location provides up-close views of the progress taking place on the future Freedom Tower.

This is the 2nd annual read-a-thon for The Brooke Jackman Foundation that was founded in memory of Brooke Jackman, a 23-year-old avid reader who was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks before achieving her dream of becoming a social worker. 
Since 2001, the organization has donated over a hundred thousand books as well as 10,000 Brooke Packs filled with school supplies to families in need. The group has also founded four libraries, as well multiple after school literacy programs at sites across the five boroughs of New York.

Don't miss the other posts in this unique Mommy Blogger
September 11th Memorial
Series of Hope & Renewal

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - Imagery of a Pink Hand Bag
Friday, September 2, 2011 – Life is Too Short After 9/11 Book Review
Saturday, September 3, 2011 – Charity Event Fitting Memorial to 9/11
Sunday, September 4, 2011 – Songs & Music Inspired by 9/11
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 – Teaching Kids from K-12 About 9/11
Thursday, September 8, 2011 –  9/11 Acknowledged by Fashion's Night Out

Please Comment
What ideas do you have to share about helping children, both those who were young kids in 2001 and future generations, to find hope after such a national tragedy?

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