Written by Denise Gary

Thanks to the wonderful support we receive from the Phoenix area Star Wars groups, the Kids Need to Read banner will be riding atop the Star Wars float in this year’s Fiesta Bowl parade!  We could not be more excited to close out the year with our name and logo featured on the coolest float in the entire parade!  Be sure to watch the Fiesta Bowl parade on television (ABC) New Years Eve morning, Friday, December 31st, and cheer when the Star Wars glory sweeps by!  We extend our gratitude to the 501st Legion, Mando Mercs, Rebel Legion, R2 Builders, and ISO for their continued support.

Fiesta Bowl Parade
Time: 11:00 AM MT
Location: Central Phoenix, AZ
Date: Friday, December 31, 2010
Broadcast: ABC (Channel 15 – Metro Phoenix)

Holiday Book Drives Benefiting KNTR!

There are two Phoenix area book drives underway this holiday season and they are benefiting Kids Need to Read in a spectacular way!  The Chandler Barnes & Noble has already presented KNTR with nearly 2,000 new books and they are not finished yet.  Although we do not yet know how many, Waldenbooks on Bell Road in Phoenix is also collecting a lot of books.  This is in addition to the several hundred books they gathered for us earlier this year.  We could not be more appreciative of the friendships we have with these two supportive bookstores.  Their gifts are making a huge impact upon our program.  Please stopby and tell them thank you for assisting us in inspiring literacy among children less fortunate.

Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive
Ends Friday, December 31, 2010
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Chandler Fashion Mall
3111 W. Chandler Blvd #2054
Chandler, AZ 85226

Waldenbooks Holiday Book Drive
Ends Friday, December 24, 2010
302 E Bell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85022
(602) 863-2424

Battling Illiteracy and High Dropout Rates

Please remember Kids Need to Read during your year-end giving.  It is always a joy to receive letters explaining how our work has touched so many children’s lives, but that joy is always tempered by the many heartfelt requests still awaiting our assistance.  Please stand with us against illiteracy and high dropout rates, which currently affects a quarter of our nation’s high school students!


2 Responses to “Star Wars Float to Feature Kids Need to Read in Fiesta Bowl Parade!”

  1. Colleen (MizB1) on December 31st, 2010 4:16 am

    I sure hope some video makes it online as we won’t be getting any TV coverage of the parade here in San Diego. 🙁

  2. Denise Gary on December 31st, 2010 2:08 pm

    It is my understanding that you can watch it online at ABC 15’s website.

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