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Current Issue: August 19, 2002
Volume 38, Number 3

UNM supports reading program

By Laurie Mellas-Ramirez

Children at the Heights Community Center select a book donated by KNME-TV. Photo by Brian Lucero.More than 375 children participated in a pilot Summer Reading Program sponsored by the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, KNME-TV Ready to Learn Program, UNM Athletic Department and the Albuquerque Business Education Compact (ABEC).

The program was held at 33 recreation sites, including city/county community centers, playground programs and Boys and Girls Clubs.

Children who read six books received a book from the KNME-TV Ready to Learn program and two tickets to a UNM Lobo volleyball or soccer game. Books and tickets were distributed in July.

Susan Solomon, director of the Heights Community Center in Southeast Albuquerque, said the 11 children ages 6-16 who took part in the program benefited from the experience.

“The program helped us find out who has reading problems so we could help,” Solomon said. “Many of our parents can’t afford to take their kids to a Lobo game. It was a good incentive to read.”

Wolf Scott, 10, a fourth grader at Monte Vista Elementary, said he read more than a half-dozen books including, “Pinocchio,” and “The Gingerbread Man.” He chose the adventure story “2099” as his free selection from KNME-TV.

“I think it was cool,” Scott said. “A lot of kids didn’t read, but 10 other kids did. I would do it again next year.”