Reading Bonanza in the Park: May 14th, Another Successful Turnout!

Midpen Media has received a warm thank you for its support of Bring Me A Book’s Sixth Annual Reading Bonanza in the Park.  Jesse Norfleet, Midpen’s youth engagement manager served on the planning committee as well as created the PSA. The annual one day event promotes literacy and the joys of reading to the youth of East Palo Alto. Here’s a wrap up of this year’s event:

667 kids registered at the check-in booths

1,500+ in attendance

7,500+ books given out to the community for FREE.

150+ volunteers (including Stanford students, alumni and friends, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto community) worked the event

50+ community organizations hosted reading/literacy activities (see program HERE for full list of participants)

Dozens of free prizes given out to participating youth

free food, drinks and snacks were given out all day.

Books were donated by Marketo, Bring Me A Book, First Book (if you work in a low income community, please look up this organization), Reading Heart, East Palo Alto SMC Library, Palo Alto Friends (Rachel Kellerman), Share Literacy, Pi Beta Phi, Kohl’s Cares, Alston & Bird, and Gloria Bowen

The food was donated by Cafe Zoe, Starbucks, PAL Market, Second Harvest Food Bank and the event sponsors.

The Spelling Bee was hosted by College Track

Laptops for prizes were donated by Facebook

Other sponsors

The founder of this event Marlayna Tuiasosopo-Gordon credits learning to read early as the basis for her personal and career success. We can look forward to another Reading Bonanza in May 2017. If you want to help out, contact and he can connect you.

It takes a village to raise our children.  The full list of sponsors of the event were Marketo, Canon Business Process Services, Woodland Park Apartments, Alston & Bird LLP, Patent Law Works, East Palo Alto SMC Library, San Mateo County Human Services Agency. Kepler’s Books in partnership with Peninsula Arts & Letters, Kohl’s Cares, Second Harvest Food Bank, Midpen Media Center, Stanford Athletics, First Book, StarVista and Apple.

And additional donors…
San Mateo Credit Union, San Mateo County Department of Child Support Services, Ravenswood School District, EPA Family YMCA, Midpen Athletics Mastadons, Oxford Day Academy, College Track, Head Start (IHSD), PAL Market, Stanford Athletics, Cafe Zoe, Starbucks, Job Train, San Mateo County Elections, Renaissance, The Primary School, Ravenswood Family Health Center, NBN Sports,

Reading Bonanza in the Park is a free fun family event. There’s always free refreshments, and free giveaways. Youth participate in reading circles and activity booths and can win prizes. Also free books and backpacks are provided for all youth who attend. Join us in spreading a passion for reading next May!  Stay tuned for details.


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