CHICAGO, April 7, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Jumpstart, a national nonprofit
group that delivers innovative preschool programs for low-income children,
will host its "Scribbles To Novels" benefit dinner in Chicago on Wednesday,
April 23, at the Harold Washington Library.
The event brings together nationally acclaimed authors and Chicago's
elite for a special evening to raise money and awareness for helping
at-risk preschool children excel in school. Each year, leaders from the
business, civic and philanthropic communities attend to show their support
for this effort and early childhood literacy in the Chicago area.
"Preparing young children to succeed and become productive citizens is
one of the most effective ways we can build our community," said James
Borishade, executive director of Jumpstart's Central Region offices. "We
hope this event sends a powerful message that education -- particularly
during early childhood -- is of fundamental importance."
Founded in 1993 at Yale University, Jumpstart pairs 3,500 trained
adults one-on-one with preschool children in need of assistance. During the
2007-2008 program year, Jumpstart serves 13,000 children across 20 states.
During the event, William Barke, CEO of Pearson Arts & Science and
chairman of Pearson Canada, will receive the inaugural Commitment to
Excellence Award, which is named after him. Barke is a graduate of
Northwestern University in Evanston and sits on Jumpstart's national board
Tickets are still available. For more information, contact Jeremy
Weinstein at 312-873-4054 or Jeremy.Weinstein@jstart.org.
Jumpstart is a national nonprofit organization that engages preschool
children from low-income communities in an intensive early education
program to improve their cognitive and emotional development, ensuring they
enter kindergarten prepared to succeed at grade level. It accomplishes this
by training adult mentors, primarily college students, to work in exclusive
yearlong relationships with the children. Jumpstart currently serves more
than 13,000 children through a corps of 3,500 college students and older
adults. Jumpstart has earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and
is a recipient of the Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Award in
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. For more information, visit
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