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Local Child Advocacy Group Helps Kids Learn To Read

Posted October 21, 2002 4:46 a.m. EDT

— A child advocacy group in Wake County is doing something to help children in the Triangle who start school without having ever looked at a book.

"Research says that reading aloud to children is the single best thing that parents can do to help with school success," said Ann Sherman of

Project Enlightenment


Project Enlightenment is the force behind a fall book drive to help parents help their kids.

"We know there are a lot of families that want to do it, but don't have access to the books. So we thought we would try to collect books," said Tulia Pascht of Project Enlightenment.

Sherman hopes to get books into the hands of all the children in Wake County who need them.

"And over the past two years, we've collected 22,000 books," Sherman said.

No matter what the language, Project Enlightenment is reaching out to encourage reading. There is teaching, and instructions for Spanish-speaking parents who may receive books in English.

"Just make your own story and parents are fascinated. Children love it," Pascht said.