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Savannah Rotary Clubs Call for Community Volunteers for Inaugural Read-In to 15,000 Students in Savannah-Chatham Schools

Savannah Rotary Clubs Call for Community Volunteers for Inaugural Read-In to 15,000 Students in Savannah-Chatham Schools

(SAVANNAH, GA) Several Rotary clubs and community volunteers in the greater Savannah area will host the inaugural Rotary Read-In on Thursday, March 22, from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Rotarians and community volunteers will participate with students from kindergarten to third grade in 31 schools and almost 600 classrooms in the Savannah-Chatham County area.

“We hope to promote literacy with almost 15,000 local students at this event,” said Nina Gompels, president of the Rotary Club of Savannah. “We are asking the community to join with our Rotarians during the Read-In, and we hope to have about 400 people participate, giving back by reading for one hour on this one special day to spark imaginations and encourage desires to read more.”

Debra Larson, President & CEO of Hospice Savannah and retired trucking company owner Frank Moore, Jr., who serves as a substitute teacher in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, are co-chairing the event.

When he moved to Savannah, Moore brought the idea to the Rotary Club of Savannah from his club in California, which ran the program for 26 years. The Rotary Club of Savannah then reached out to all of the clubs in the Greater Savannah area.

“We are looking for volunteers to help just one day for one hour with just one book,” said Moore. “This is a community building event that brings members of our community into the schools, with a very positive impact on both students and the reader.”

The club is also seeking 32 volunteers to serve as school liaisons to handle all communication with the schools’ personnel, confirm classrooms and solidify books for the read-in. E Shaver Booksellers is offering a 25 percent discount for those purchasing a children’s book to read for the Savannah Rotary Read-In with the intention of leaving that book in the classroom for the students.

According to a study published by the Reach Out and Read National Center in Boston, parents or other family members read every day to just under half of the nation’s children between birth and five years. Children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over those who are not, with the number of words in a child’s vocabulary being an important indicator of later academic success, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The federal government has set a national goal through its Healthy People 2020 initiative to increase the proportion of children who are read to by a parent every day from 47.8 percent in 2007 to 52.6 percent in 2020, according to Child Trends.

A report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation indicates children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school.

To register to read on March 22, sign up here by Thursday, March 15: https://savannahrotaryreadin.com/

ABOUT THE ROTARY CLUB OF SAVANNAH
The Rotary Club of Savannah includes 225 community leaders and volunteers. Over the past 103 years, the club has championed local and regional developments that include completing the road to Tybee Island, improving the Savannah River for commercial traffic, enhancing the Dixie Highway system in southeast Georgia and building bridges over the Savannah and Altamaha Rivers. Most recently in recognition of the 100th anniversary, the club raised funds and constructed an all-accessible playground in Forsyth Park. Meetings are held each Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto Hotel, 15 E. Liberty Street. For more information, visit www.savrotary.org

CONTACT
Debra Larson
Dlarson@hospicesavannah.org
(912) 629-1020

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Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

(SAVANNAH, GA) Major League Baseball’s Josh Reddick, Houston Astros’ Right-Fielder, presented “Pitching Success” to Bethesda Academy Students on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Reddick was born in Savannah and attended South Effingham High School in Guyton. He previously played for the Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. Reddick won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2012 while playing for the Oakland Athletics.

He spoke to students during Bethesda’s Chapel time. Reddick spoke about hard work and dedication being his key to success, in spite of people telling him he could not make it as a pro-baseball athlete. For more information on Bethesda Academy, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Signs Autographs at Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick with Bethesda Staff

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Speaks to Bethesda Students

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Speaks to Bethesda Students

Josh Reddick Visits Bethesda Academy

Josh Reddick Presents “Pitching Success”

ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY:
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations®
Cecilia Russo Marketing
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
912.856.9075

Dr. Angela Canfield Supports National Reading Day at Hancock Day School

Sandfly Women Business Owner’s Coalition Supports National Reading Day at Hancock Day School

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield and The Sandfly Women Business Owner’s Coalition supported literacy efforts on National Reading Day, Tuesday, Jan. 23, by spending time at Hancock Day School reading to first- and second-grade students.

Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member, said: “We are excited to share our love for reading with these young students, and what better gift can we give to our children than the encouragement of literacy?”

National Reading Day is an annual event held across the country to celebrate and encourage reading by younger children. A key part of this effort is to find business partners for local schools and encourage guest readers to visit classrooms.

For more information on National Reading Day, visit https://national-reading-day.org/

Dr. Angela Canfield Reads To Hancock Day School Students

Dr. Angela Canfield Reads To Hancock Day School Students

Dr. Angela Canfield Reads To Hancock Day School Students

ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She practices at and owns two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA, 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

For more information, contact: 
Angela C. Canfield DDS
molar799@yahoo.com 
912-713-1398 Cell
912-826-4037 office

Media inquiries, contact: 
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

Horizons Savannah Announces Fourth Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops to be Held March 3

Horizons Savannah Announces Fourth Annual Louise Lauretti Hoops to be Held March 3

(SAVANNAH, GA) The fourth annual Louise Lauretti Hoops for Horizons “three vs three” charity basketball tournament will be held on Saturday, March 3 at Savannah Country Day School, located at 824 Stillwood Dr. Honorary tournament chair and basketball celebrity Larry “Gator” Rivers, former Harlem Globetrotter, will be on hand sharing coaching tips and motivation for all players.

Named for beloved Horizons teacher Louise Lauretti, who lost her battle with melanoma in 2014, this tournament is an opportunity to bring together players of all ages and abilities, local Savannah Basketball Legends and Horizons supporters to celebrate Louise’s lifelong love of learning and her legacy.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and is open to teams of boys and girls grades fifth through adults. Teams of up to five players may register to play. The tournament will be “three vs three” play with refereed games. Teams are guaranteed three games each and will play in age and affinity divisions.

At the halftime break at noon, the Savannah Championship Free Throw Contest will be held for players of all ages to compete to sink the highest number of free throws. The contest is free to enter, but players must register in advance.

For registration, a youth team, which includes 5th through 12th graders, are $50; teams with 18 year-olds to 30-year-olds are $75, and if the team is over 30 years old, the registration is $100. Hoops for Horizons is sponsored by Savannah Sport & Social, providing tournament registration and management.

For more information, to register a team, sponsor a youth team or sponsor the event visit www.horizonssavannah.org or call 912-961-8854. All proceeds benefit Horizons Savannah.

ABOUT HORIZONS SAVANNAH
Recognized as one of America’s best summer learning programs, Horizons Savannah at Savannah Country Day School, Bethesda Academy and St. Andrew’s School serves over 200 low-income students each summer. Horizons is a transformative experience for youth in Kindergarten through the 12th grade focused on helping low-income students close the achievement gap through academic support and confidence building. For more information, please contact Horizons Savannah Executive Director Christy Edwards at 912-961-8854 or cedwards@savcds.org. You can also visit our website at http://horizonssavannah.org/, check out our Facebook page.

CONTACT
Christy Edwards
Executive Director
912-961-8854
cedwards@savcds.org

Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Supports National Reading Day at Hancock Day School

Sandfly Women Business Owners Coalition Supports National Reading Day at Hancock Day School

(SAVANNAH, GA) Dr. Angela Canfield and The Sandfly Women Business Owner’s Coalition will promote literacy efforts on National Reading Day, Tuesday, Jan. 23, by spending time at Hancock Day School reading to first- and second-grade students at 1 p.m.

“Our hope is to gather other entrepreneurs in the area to join us for this worthwhile cause,” said Dr. Angela Canfield, a coalition member. “We are excited to share our love for reading with these young students, and what better gift can we give to our children than the encouragement of literacy?”

National Reading Day is an annual event held across the country to celebrate and encourage reading by younger children. A key part of this effort is to find business partners for local schools and encourage guest readers to visit classrooms.

Please contact Cynthia Wright at cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com or 912-856-9075 to participate in the upcoming National Reading Day at Hancock Day School. For more information on National Reading Day, visit https://national-reading-day.org/

ABOUT PREMIER DENTAL DESIGNS AND SANDFLY FAMILY DENTAL
Dr. Angela Canfield is licensed by the Georgia Board of Dentistry and the National Board of Dentists. She practices at and owns two dental offices: Premier Dental Designs located in Rincon, GA, 5871 HWY 21 South, and Sandfly Family Dental in the Norwood Market in Savannah, GA. Both offices provide Family/Preventative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Orthodontic Dentistry, Digital X-Rays, E4D One Day Crowns, Electronic Claims, Intra Oral Camera and Paperless Charting. The offices are open Monday through Friday and offer evening appointments. For more information, call 912.826.4037 or visit http://www.premierdentaldesigns.com/ or http://www.sandflyfamilydental.com/

For more information, contact: 
Angela C. Canfield DDS
molar799@yahoo.com
912-713-1398 Cell
912-826-4037 office

Media inquiries, contact: 
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing
912-665-0005
info@crussomarketing.com

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations, Inc.
912-844-9990
marjorie@carriagetradepr.com

The Matthew Reardon Center’s 2018 Autism Conference Announced for March 2

The Matthew Reardon Center’s 2018 Autism Conference Announced for March 2

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism’s third annual autism conference will be held on Friday, March 2, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center, located at 305 Fahm St. The conference provides learning opportunities for parents and caregivers, educators and individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

The event will include a keynote address and five breakout sessions. Lunch will be provided at 12:30 pm with the keynote address being delivered at that time.

Keynote speaker, Lydia X.Z. Brown, will address the importance of neurodiversity, the concept that neurological differences, like autism and ADHD, are the result of normal, natural variations in the human genome.

Brown is an advocate, organizer and author focused on violence against disabled people in schools, institutions, prisons and law enforcement personnel. A visiting lecturer at Tufts University, Brown designed and teaches a course on disability and inter-sectional social movements. Brown is also a founding board member of the Alliance for Citizen-Directed Supports, which advocates for people with disabilities to have full community integration and control over their services.

“I can’t imagine having a better keynote speaker for the 2018 conference,” said Faye Montgomery, Advocacy Director of the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism. “Lydia is knowledgeable in such a diverse range of topics within the autistic community and will have truly invaluable information to share with our attendees.”

Breakout session speakers and their topics are listed below:

FOR EDUCATORS:

Jennifer Phillips, Director of Professional Learning at Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative: “Ways to Structure Classroom Environments for Every Student’s Success”

Christy Calbos and Debbie Dobbs, lawyer/advocates: “Top 5 Reasons Parents Hire Educational Advocates and Attorneys and How Savvy Educators can Avoid Complaints”

Lydia X.Z. Brown, advocate, author and visiting lecturer at Tufts University: “Ableism and the Meaningful Inclusion of People with Autism in Educational Settings”

FOR PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS:

Suzette Rosario, BCBA and Director of the May Institute: “Supporting Individuals with Autism when Behavior Creates Challenges”

Rachel Seaman, post-doctoral fellow at the Emory Univ. Autism Center: “Formulating Plans to Support People with Autism in the Transition from High School to Post-Secondary Life”

INDIVIDUALS WITH AUTISM:

Daniel Wendler, author and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at George Fox University: “Ways to Find a ‘Place of Belonging’ – Exploring Social Skills Development, Friendship and Development of a Personal Community”

Wendler himself was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in high school and has authored two books, Improve Your Social Skills and its sequel, Level Up your Social Skills.

Early admission tickets to the 2018 Autism Conference are $100; after Jan. 21, tickets will be $125. Continuing education units are an additional $20.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.2018autismconference.com/ or contact Faye Montgomery at 912-355-9098 or fmontgomery@matthewreardon.org

Matthew Reardon Center for Autism Third Annual Autism Conference

Matthew Reardon Center for Autism’s Third Annual Autism Conference

ABOUT THE MATTHEW REARDON CENTER FOR AUTISM (MRCA):
MRCA operates southeast Georgia’s only accredited year-round day school for children with autism. They have provided advocacy and outreach services to more than 800 families across southeast Georgia and have hosted professional training and instructional opportunities for more than 4,000 family members, educators, health professionals and self-advocates. The organization was incorporated in 2000 and currently serves 22 students through ADVANCE Academy. They have 11 full-time employees and operate in a 6,000-square-foot suite at 6602 Abercorn St #200, Savannah, GA 31405. Website: http://www.matthewreardon.org/

CONTACT
Patti T. Victor, President and CEO
The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, Inc, and Advance Academy
912-355-9098 (office)
912-352-2460 (fax)
pvictor@matthewreardon.org 
http://www.matthewreardon.org

MEDIA CONTACT
Cynthia Wright
Carriage Trade Public Relations
912-856-9075
cynthia.wright@carriagetradepr.com
www.carriagetradepr.com

Sponsors of Savannah Maritime After Hours Donates $1,500 to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

Sponsors of Savannah Maritime After Hours Donates $1,500 to Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

(SAVANNAH, GA) For the fourth consecutive year, Savannah Maritime After Hours has made a donation of $1,500 to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire.

Maritime After Hours Presents Check to Ronald McDonald House of Coastal Empire

(From left to right) Larry Hearn and Ryan Faulk of Savannah River Logistics, Ben Goldberg of JIT Warehousing and Logistics, Jed Young and Billy Robinson of Port City Logistics, and Bill Sorochak, Executive Director of the Ronald Mcdonald House of the Coastal Empire

Maritime community leaders, Ben Goldberg of JIT Warehousing and Logistics, Larry Hearn and Ryan Faulk of Savannah River Logistics, Billy Robinson and Jed Young of Port City Logistics, presented the check to Bill Sorochak, executive director of the Ronald Mcdonald House of the Coastal Empire.

The donation was raised through after-hours networking events held the first Wednesday of each month. The donation was increased this year by $500 to support the growing needs of the House and their residents.

“We are incredibly thankful for Savannah Maritime’s annual donation,” said Sorochak. “This year’s monetary increase will allow our organization to help our families even more, and I can’t stress to the public enough that, really, every penny means something to us.”

For more information on this donation or on how to get your organization added to the recipient list, contact Billy Robinson at billy@portcitylogistics.com.

ABOUT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE© OF THE COASTAL EMPIRE
One of 365 Ronald McDonald Houses worldwide, each House is an independent non-profit, 501©3 community organization. The Savannah House is governed by a 16-member board of directors and managed by a full-time staff of four. The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities© of the Coastal Empire is to create, find and support programs that directly enhance the health and well-being of children and families. The House has thirteen bedrooms and operates on a waiting list most of the year. The Savannah Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for critically ill and injured children and their families who are receiving treatment at Children’s Hospital at Memorial, Candler Hospital, or where needed in the Coastal Empire. Since the House first opened its doors 30 years ago in 1987, over 10,200 families have been served. The House currently serves approximately 290 families each year. Although the average length of stay runs 16 days, some families stay much longer.

CONTACT
Billy Robinson
CEO, Port City Logistics, Inc.
billy@portcitylogistics.com

MEDIA CONTACT
Cecilia Russo
Cecilia Russo Marketing, LLC
912.665.0005
info@crussomarketing.com