FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Fagan 407.246.3423
Cassandra Lafser (407) 246-2182
Award-winning Author Cynthia Lord to
Visit with the ORLANDO CARES Mayor Buddy’s Book Club Members
ORLANDO CARES Initiative is
Aimed at Youth Education and Youth Crime Prevention
In just one year, Mayor Buddy’s Book Club, one
of six ORLANDO CARES volunteer initiatives, has more than 1,300 student
members, who are completing their eighth book, Rules. On Wednesday, May
16, award-winning author of Rules, Cynthia Lord, will come to Orlando to
celebrate and talk with book club members at an end-of-book party at the
Downtown Orlando Public Library.
Lord, who also wrote Touch Blue, is a popular young adult
author from Maine, who learned that ORLANDO CARES Mayor Buddy’s Book
Club members were reading her book and offered to come to Orlando for
the end-of-book party. Book club members will have the opportunity to
meet the author, get their books signed and learn more about how the
author’s first book was developed.
Mayor Buddy’s Book Club, the signature program of ORLANDO CARES, is
increasing leisure time reading for Orlando students in 5th-8th grades
by making reading fun and accessible. To date, 78% of the 1,300 book
club members report an increase in their leisure-time reading since
joining the club.
ORLANDO CARES BACKGROUND:
ORLANDO CARES is the City’s high-impact volunteer plan designed to
address the issues of youth crime prevention and education through six
service initiatives; Mayor Buddy’s Book Club, COMPACT Expansion, The
Garden, Preschool Ambassadors, School Turnaround Project – Interfaith
Volunteer Pilot and Path Finders. *A full description and more
information on each ORLANDO CARES program is attached.
Since its launch in March 2011, the ORLANDO CARES
initiative has engaged more than 400 community volunteers in programs
that help youth improve their academic success with a focus on literacy
and reduce youth crime.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Downtown Orlando Public Library
101 East Central Boulevard
For more information: Visit
orlandocares.net/bookclub to become a member of Mayor Buddy’s
orlandocares.net to learn more about
Orlando Cares’ six, high-impact initiatives and sign up to volunteer.