Our 5th Annual Kindergarten Book Giveaway: Paving the Way to College!

More than 800 Pico Rivera kindergartners will receive 10 new books for their own home literacy library! We are teaming up with the El Rancho Unified School District for the 5th year to help local early readers start their very own literacy library to foster reading proficiency and comprehension.  At each elementary school in the district and at two local private schools, Jacki Cisneros, president and co-founder of Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera, along with school officials, will distribute bags of books for kindergarten students at several school assemblies next week.

Generation 1st Degree-Pico Rivera recognizes that the pathway to college starts in kindergarten. To support its mission of achieving one college degree in every Pico Rivera home, G1DPR will donate 10 brand new books to approximately 800 kindergarten students living in Pico Rivera.

“This event has a more significant meaning that extends beyond receiving books,” says Jacki Cisneros. “It gives us an opportunity to highlight how important it is for children to maintain, and hopefully surpass, their required reading level by third grade. This milestone is a huge benchmark as research shows that students who can’t read on grade level by 3rd grade are four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. And if poverty is a factor, then studies show a student is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer.*

The goal of the book giveaway is to improve literacy and comprehension skills, which ultimately increase each child’s chances of achieving a higher education in the future.

*American Educational Research Association, 2011

Monday, October 24

@ 8:45am: Birney Elementary, 8501 Orange Ave., Pico Rivera 90660

@10:00am: Magee Elementary, 8200 Serapis Ave., Pico Rivera 90660

Tuesday, October 25

@ 8:45am: Rivera Elementary, 7250 Citronell Ave., Pico Rivera, 90660

@10:00am: Valencia Elementary, 9241 East Cosgrove St., Pico Rivera 90660

Wednesday, October 26

@ 8:45am: Rio Vista Elementary, 8809 Coffman-Pico Rd., Pico Rivera 90660

@10:00am: South Ranchito Elementary, 5241 South Passons Blvd. Pico Rivera, 90660

Thursday, October 28

@ 8:45am: North Ranchito Elementary, 8837 East Olympic Blvd. Pico Rivera, 90660

@ 10:00am: Durfee Elementary, 4220 South Durfee Ave., Pico Rivera, 90660


Be A Leader Needs YOU!

We want to send at least 100 students to ‘Be A Leader-Senior Boot Camp’ this coming year, and we would love your help. You see, for many high school seniors, especially those that have not prepared for college after graduation, Generation 1st Degree-­‐Pico Rivera’s “Be A Leader – Senior Boot Camp”program provides the opportunity to participate in a series of college preparation workshops, which take place on a college campus, and provide students with a detailed and easy to navigate “support system” during the college and scholarship application process. This extensive system ensures that the student receives one-on-one assistance with the often-daunting process of applying for a university and/or a scholarship. That’s right! The students will be participating in workshops on the campuses of the schools they might be applying to! There’s no better way to get a feel for college life and to start to connect the dots between high-school and college than the ‘Be A Leader-Senior Boot Camp’ program.

We are looking to raise $5,250 in order to underwrite the cost of the program and are encouraging parents, community members, business owners and friends to contribute just $52.50, to cover the cost of one student’s participation, or to give what they can. Having these young folks graduate from college is something that will benefit all of Pico Rivera, economically and socially. Just think what Pico Rivera will look like with a college degree in every home! More skills means more investment. More investment means more economic growth and more jobs all around.

Our founders, Jacki and Gil Cisneros have generously pledged to MATCH every donation, dollar for dollar, so that twice as many students might benefit from this amazing program. Join them in believing in Pico Rivera’s youth today!

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