Shawn Leong, Savers Kahului Community Center donation ambassador, presented Read Aloud America with 375 children's picture books at a recent Holiday Story Time at Savers.
Joanne and Larry Laird, program directors for Read Aloud America (RAA), have been conducting a monthly story time for keiki at Savers for the past six months.
Savers became a sponsor for RAA after Leong attended one of the programs with his son at Makawao School. Leong was impressed with the program and offered to forge a partnership between Savers and the RAA family literacy program.
Shawn Leong (left), Savers Kahului Community Center Donation ambassador, presents Read Aloud America Program Directors Joanne and Larry Laird with 375 childrens’ picture books, which will be used for the organization’s upcoming program at Lihikai School.
Since this fall, Savers had provided RAA with discount coupons for every RAA family, Savers gift packs for keiki prizes, and gift certificates for adult prizes at RAA programs. In addition, Savers has given over 700 children's picture books for the RAA Book Swap tables.
"Savers is a very special sponsor for Read Aloud America," said the Lairds. "They provide us with incentives for our programs and they put books into the hands of our children. We have enjoyed offering monthly story times in the store and thank Savers Kahului for their generous support of the RAA programs."
Through the fun of reading and being read-to, Read Aloud America promotes literacy, bonds families and builds communities of lifetime readers.