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DJJ RESIDENTIAL FACILITY AMONG THE WINNERS OF NATIONWIDE READ-A-THON FOR STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 9, 2015

 

CONTACT:

Heather DiGiacomo
heather.digiacomo@djj.state.fl.us

(850) 717-2710

 

 

DJJ RESIDENTIAL FACILITY AMONG THE WINNERS OF NATIONWIDE READ-A-THON FOR STUDENTS

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s residential facility Challenge Juvenile Residential Program is one of four winners in a nationwide read-a-thon for students residing in juvenile justice facilities.

During the month of February, the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS), with the support of Scholastic, Inc., sponsored a nationwide read-a-thon, called Unbound.  More than 50 schools participated in the contest with over 2,000 students participating in the read-a-thon; many students reading more than 15 hours per week outside of the classroom.  

The Challenge Juvenile Residential Program, operated by Eckerd, serves 60 males between the ages of 13 and 18, in a non-secure residential commitment program that provides therapeutic services to address all behavioral issues as well as some mental health and substance abuse issues.  In four weeks, just over a dozen boys from the program read for an average of 22 hours per week.

DJJ Secretary Christina K. Daly shared, “I am so proud of the dedication and hard work these boys have displayed. Instilling a love of reading takes these young men one step closer to future educational success. Reading is such an important aspect of all subjects and prepares our children for their future role in Florida’s workforce.”

“It’s truly inspiring to see the love these boys have for reading and how dedicated they were to compete in the read-a-thon” said DJJ Assistant Secretary for Residential Services Laura Moneyham. 

As a winning site, the Challenge Juvenile Residential Program will receive an additional set of books from Scholastic, as well as a number of subscriptions to Scholastic’s teen magazines.

For information about the Challenge Juvenile Residential Program and the school’s participation in Unbound, please contact J. Patrick Girdner, Eckerd Senior Director, at pgirdner@eckerd.org.  

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