October 16, 2013
Read On Arizona
For Immediate Release
Rhonda Grundemann, The Grundemann Group, Ph.# 602-739-8810, firstname.lastname@example.org
MCDONALD’S® & READ ON ARIZONA TO HOST FAMILY READING DAY NOVEMBER 2, ARIZONA MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS TO GIVE AWAY
25,000 FREE BOOKS, EARLY LITERACY GUIDES & CONES TO FAMILIES
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Oct. 4, 2013 – Arizona McDonald’s restaurants and Read On Arizona, a statewide public/private collaborative working to improve literacy, are partnering to host Family Reading Day on Saturday, November 2, to encourage families to pick up a book and read together!
Beginning at 1 p.m., the first 100 families that visit their local McDonald’s restaurant, will receive a FREE Scholastic book (toddler to 6th grade), ice cream cone and Read On Arizona Early Literacy Guide for Families to help support their child’s reading. A total of 25,000 books and early literacy guides will be given away to families at Arizona McDonald’s restaurants. The FREE book offer excludes Walmart and mall McDonald’s restaurant locations.
Mayors with Read On Greater Phoenix, Read On Goodyear, Read On Flagstaff, Read On Yuma and Read On Tucson will be helping kick-off Family Reading Day by reading a book to children at their local McDonald’s restaurant.
In addition, reading screenings will be available, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at several McDonald’s restaurant locations throughout Arizona. Visit McDonald’s Facebook page at community.mcdonalds.com/phoenix for McDonald’s book giveaway and reading screening locations.
“Read On Arizona is thrilled McDonald’s is raising awareness about the importance of reading by celebrating Family Reading Day throughout the state,” said Terri Clark, Arizona Literacy Director, for Read On Arizona. “The implementation of Arizona’s third grade retention policy (Move On When Reading) this year makes a day like Family Reading Day more important than ever; it is everyone’s responsibility to help connect families to books and reading resources so that together we can improve the literacy skills of Arizona’s children.”
“We know many Arizona families have a lack of access to books,” Michelle Slayton, president of McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association of Phoenix and Northern Arizona. “We’re delighted to partner with Read On Arizona to provide these valuable resources to help children improve their reading skills.”
About McDonald's of Arizona
The 280 McDonald's restaurants in the state of Arizona annually feed $283.6 million into the Arizona economy and employ 12,770 people. Visit facebook.com/mcdonalds for coupons, updates and promotions in Phoenix and Northern Arizona.
McDonald’s USA, LLC, is the leading foodservice provider in the United States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to more than 26 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local business men and women. Customers can now log online for free at any of the 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www. mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter (@McDonalds) and (@McCafeYourDay) and Facebook (Facebook.com/McDonalds) for updates on our business, promotions and products.
Read On Arizona
Read On Arizona is a public/private collaboration committed to building an early literacy system that improves language and literacy outcomes for Arizona’s children from birth through age eight—delivering the right program at the right time to every child. For more information, visit www. ReadOnArizona.org.