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Parents as Teachers Day at the Park a Rousing Success! Ushers in next 35th Anniversary Celebration Event – Roll & Read

Parents as Teachers Day at the Park on Sunday, April 7, was a rousing success with 500 Parents as Teachers employees and their families converging on Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis to see Parents as Teachers President/CEO Constance Gully throw out the first ceremonial pitch to at the St. Louis Cardinals vs San Diego Padres baseball game.

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The game served as the kick-off to year-long events Parents as Teachers National Center has planned to commemorate its 35th anniversary. In keeping with the 35th anniversary celebration theme – Investing in Families, Impacting Communities – and the pledge of heightened community engagement efforts throughout the organization’s network of 1,036 affiliates, Parents as Teachers National Center is gearing up for the second leg of the celebratory activities – Roll & Read, an initiative to inspire reading among children and families.

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Roll & Read – Powered by Parents as Teachers is a community awareness opportunity that promotes early literacy and healthy families. It features a one-mile walk and stroller roll for families, and community partner booths with food and activities. The walk is designed to have three reading stations; a stop every one-quarter mile, and a place for children to gather and for someone to read a designated book to them.

Roll & Read also promotes school readiness and is an enjoyable group activity for families, and an opportunity to engage community partners and community officials. This 35th anniversary year, Parents as Teachers will be a festival partner at the Great Rivers Greenway 4th Annual Life Outside Festival, a free outdoor festival for the St. Louis region.

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It will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, June 8, in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, and is designed to help people explore and enjoy the great outdoors in the region.

For additional information, or to volunteer at the event, contact Bart Holland, Parents as Teachers National Center Director of Marketing Communications, and Events, at 314-432-4330 x 1258.