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Reading Room and Family Literacy Center opens at Merrick House

(Plain Press, January 2010) There is a new place for children to read books in Tremont.  With generous funding from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Merrick House and Cleveland Reads entered into a partnership to create a new reading room and family literacy center at Merrick House. The room is designed as a bright, cheerful space where parents and children can participate in read-aloud sessions and share books together.

Both the pre-school day care program and the youth services program at Merrick House plan to use the reading room.

The day care program provides children ages three months to five years with an education that fosters warmth, friendliness, helpfulness, cooperation, respect for differences and acceptance of all people.

The youth services program provides children from age 6 to 18 years old an opportunity to participate in activities focused on growth and development. Participants in the day care and youth programs will be able to sit and read books in comfortable rocking chairs as well as participate in read-aloud sessions and literacy based activities in the new reading room.

Funding for the project was provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, which helps children by awarding grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations whose programs improve the quality of life for children and their families. Merrick House used the funding from Ronald McDonald House Charities to purchase new books and children’s furniture for the reading room.

Kristen Ciofani Trolio, Community Organizer and Model Blocks Manager for Tremont West Development Corporation worked to bring together Robin Sullivan of Cleveland Reads, Sherriea Jackson of Merrick House and Marie Timpano, Executive Director of Merrick House to establish the partnership.

Cleveland Reads is a non-profit literacy organization whose vision is to transform lives through literacy by serving as Northeast Ohio’s leading literacy provider for children, youth and families.

Merrick House is a Settlement House neighborhood center serving the Brooklyn Centre, Clark-Fulton, Stockyards and Tremont neighborhoods. Founded in 1919 by the Christ Child Society and the Catholic Charities, its mission is to respect cultural diversity while encouraging community harmony. Merrick House has two locations: 1050 Starkweather Avenue in Tremont and 3167 Fulton Road in Clark-Fulton.  Merrick House offers educational, social and recreational programs.

Beginning in the spring, Merrick House hopes to offer read-aloud and literacy instruction sessions in the reading room for the Tremont community. For additional information or to schedule a visit to the Early Learning Reading Room: please call Merrick House at 216-771-5077.

Friday, December 18, 2009; Merrick House Early Learning Reading Room, Merrick House, 1050 Starkweather Avenue: Children in the Merrick House Pre-School Day Care Program enjoy their new reading room while listening to a story read by Merrick House staff member Molly Carreon.

PHOTO BY DEBORAH ROSE SADLON Friday, December 18, 2009; Merrick House Early Learning Reading Room, Merrick House, 1050 Starkweather Avenue: Merrick House Youth Worker Malvina Rose and children from the pre-school day care program share a story on the benches in their new reading room.

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