By Anna-Marie Menhenott
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- In an effort to increase reading levels and set children on the path to success, the Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County is hosting a fun, yet educational event at Tradition Field.
Research shows that by the third grade, students who struggle with reading are less likely to graduate, less likely to earn comparable income and less prepared for the future.
In an age of lap tops, cell phones, iPods and iPads, it can be difficult to persuade a child to put down their handheld device and pick up a book.
That's where events like "Sundaes in the Park" can help. On Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the seventh annual event will take place at Tradition Field in St. Lucie West. Families who come to the event will enjoy free ice cream sundaes, crafts and books.
The first 300 kids who come out will receive a free ticket to that night's game (parents will get a discounted ticket) and the St. Lucie Mets mascot, Klutch will be on hand signing autographs.
"Every child needs the critical foundation of reading," said Sean Boyle, Children's Services Council executive director. "As the only child-focused funding agency in St. Lucie County, the Children's Services Council invests in programs that ensure academic success for our every child in our community. 'Sundaes in the Park' is one of many community efforts designed to get books in the hands of children. We will continue to make academic success a priority because the quality of life in our community depends on it."
The Children's Services Council of St. Lucie County is an independent district established to fund children's programs to improve the lives of children and families in the community.
Programs funded by the Children's Services Council include Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Avenue D Boys Choir, Hibiscus Children's Center, and CASTLE.
The Children's Services Council partners with a total of more than 50 programs to provide support to newborns and their parents, quality childcare, afterschool activities, and resources to strengthen and empower families, reaching more than 30,000 children annually.
For more information, visit www.cscslc.org or call (772) 408-1100.