FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2017
Puddles the Duck to Visit Mt. Vernon Elementary to Encourage Reading Enjoyment and Enthusiasm
Springfield, Ore. – SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) has partnered with University of Oregon Athletics to bring Puddles the Duck, the University of Oregon mascot, to Mt. Vernon Elementary School in Springfield to share the excitement and importance of reading with the school’s students.
On Wednesday, May 24, from 1:15-2:15 p.m., Puddles the Duck will help act out a story for all Mt. Vernon students in a fun, reading-themed assembly designed to encourage kids to embrace reading throughout the year.
“What better way to get children excited about books and reading than a visit from our friend, Puddles the Duck!” says Kari Rosenfeld, SMART’s Area Manager serving Benton, Lane and Linn counties. “We are excited to partner with University of Oregon Athletics and the local community to support Mt. Vernon’s efforts to create strong, confident and enthusiastic young readers.”
The visit is the culmination of this year’s SMART Literacy Challenge, a competition between Duck and Beaver fans to raise money to support local SMART programs. One participant from each school won a chance to bring their mascot to a local school. Larry Smith, a SMART Reader at Mt. Vernon Elementary, chose his school to receive the honor.
Mt. Vernon Elementary School is located at 935 Filbert Ln, Springfield, OR 97478.
About SMART® (Start Making A Reader Today)
SMART is a statewide nonprofit organization that envisions an Oregon where every child can read and is empowered to succeed. We engage community volunteers to read one-on-one with PreK-3 children, helping strengthen literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Children in the program receive 14 new books throughout the school year to keep and read with their families. Visit www.getSMARToregon.org or call 541-726-3302 to learn more.