Read and Rise Launches Literacy Program in West Fresno
Read and Rise is a program that teaches families the importance of reading together and provides them with the tools to do so. On February 18, the Read and Rise Early Literacy Pilot was launched at a party in West Fresno at the Orange Center Elementary School. Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Cat in the Hat, and Franny K. Stein rocked the red carpet at the party which included a DJ, dancing, food, and fun. Cargill Beef grilled burgers for the participants, and free books were given to the children to build up their home libraries.
The Read and Rise program provides families with hands-on strategies for building literacy at home, reinforces the fact that parents are their child's first and most important teacher, and builds text-rich environments at home by providing take-home books and other parent resources for families who participate in the program. The effort hopes to improve grade-level reading at Orange Center.
According to Evaristo Treviño, Migrant Education Program Manager for the Fresno County Office of Education, “What a great event, happy kids, happy parents, good music, good food, it doesn't get much better. We had a blast!”
ReStore Welcomes New Driver
Pete Hernandez, Jr. has joined the ReStore staff as a new Driver. Pete had not heard of ReStore before the temp agency he was working with assigned him there. Everything has changed now because Pete says that “ReStore is the first place I have ever worked that I enjoy. Everyone is friendly and goes the extra mile.”
Pete makes four to seven pick-ups a day. He said, “Leaving customers happy, whether on the sales floor, the register, or picking up donations is the reason ReStore is such a success and is always busy. Word of mouth and satisfied customers are the best ads.”
Welcome to the Habitat family, Pete.
Eagle Building Materials Helps in Orange Cove
Habitat Fresno is pleased to announce a partnership with Eagle Building Materials. They will be donating the stucco color coat for all three houses in Orange Cove.
Eagle Building Materials was established in 1956 and had been responsible for providing the plastering trade with outstanding plastering products, supplies and services ever since. Thank you for your generous donation!