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March 27, 2012 > Shake, Rattle, and Read: A night of entertainment

Shake, Rattle, and Read: A night of entertainment

By Nisha Patel

On Saturday, March 31, the Hayward Literacy Plus Council is hosting an evening to fundraise and gain more community support for the Literacy Plus program. Those who attend will be able to enjoy a wide selection of food and drinks, keep track of bids in a silent auction, participate in a raffle, and enjoy a guest appearance by "Elvis Presley" and his rock and roll music.

Attendees will have a chance to earn themed gift baskets, and may even win gift drawings for a $250 shopping spree, 32-inch flat screen TV, or a glamorous hotel package for two in San Francisco. The fundraiser event will be at the Stonebrae Country Club in the Hayward hills from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Food will be fully catered by the Stonebrae Country Club with complimentary nonalcoholic beverages.

Funds raised at the event will directly benefit the Hayward Public Library's Literacy Program. The Literacy Plus Program has been in existence for 26 years, and currently serves approximately 350 individuals with low literacy skills. In these 26 years, Literacy Plus volunteers have tutored more than 2,800 people in Hayward, Castro Valley, Union City and other local communities in reading and writing skills, and have worked with more than 2,000 children through the Families for Literacy Program, introducing children to books and reading.

The organization is maintained by a group of about 150 volunteers who have been trained by the staff. The program would definitely not be successful without its tutors, many of whom have been tutoring for the last 10 to 15 years. They provide one-on-one training with a goal of improving the reading and writing skills of these individuals. In the past, the program has offered English Language tutoring to casual workers to help them get better jobs. Many of the adult learners have returned to school, obtained GED degrees, found jobs, become citizens, and have voted for the first time.

"We want to give children books and encourage parents to read to their children," said Connie Rusk, a Literacy Plus Board Member.

Literacy Plus has received donations from over 100 businesses. One of the biggest contributors and supporters has been the Friends of the Hayward Public Library, a non-profit organization within the library comprised of volunteers who organize events to raise funds for the library.

This is a place to be for those families in the community to help support Literacy Plus and its programs. Since they depend on community support, either donations or attending the event would be greatly appreciated. Tickets are $30 per person in advance or $35 per person at the door with all proceeds going to support the library's literacy programs. Tickets can be purchased at the Hayward Public Library, or call Literacy Plus at (510) 881-7910.

Shake, Rattle, and Read
Saturday, Mar 31
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Stonebrae Country Club
23 Country Club Drive, Hayward
(510) 881-7910

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