At the event, each first grader received a personal copy of The Magician’s Hat, and followed along while he read the book aloud in the cafeteria.
Prior to the reading Patriots magician, John Logan dazzled the crowd with a few tricks, and help from two students and one teacher.
Mitchell during the event addressed the ‘magic’ of books and the importance of reading with the students.
After the first grade departed, Malcolm inspired the entire 5th grade class with his personal story and with the importance of being a mentor and ‘reading ambassador’ to younger students.
At the conclusion of the event, Malcolm received Read to a Child
‘s Youth Literacy Award for his tireless work advocating the importance of reading among underserved children across the country.
“It’s fantastic to partner with Read to a Child and the New England Patriots Foundation to highlight the importance of reading and mentoring,” said Mitchell, founder of Read with Malcolm and Share the Magic Foundation.
“I am excited to share with underserved students how reading became so important in my life, and especially pleased to make books more interesting and available to them. Every child deserves something special and hopefully the copy of “The Magician’s Hat” that each student received today will spark some ‘magic’ in their lives and will highlight the importance of reading in their future success,” said Mitchell.
“We are so proud to support Malcolm Mitchell for highlighting the importance of reading and Read to a Child for its innovative model of utilizing volunteers from area corporations to act as reading mentors in public schools,” said New England Patriots Director of Community Relations, Donna Spigarolo. “These efforts are perfectly aligned with the Patriots Foundation support of under-served populations, as well as reading, mentoring, volunteerism and community involvement.”
“80% of 4th graders from low-income families in the United States are not proficient readers and 26% of these students won’t graduate from high school,” said Read to a Child CEO, Paul Lamoureux. “In light of this societal crisis, I am deeply thankful to Malcolm Mitchell, Read with Malcolm and the Patriots Foundation for raising awareness about the importance of improving literacy skills. Malcolm is also such a great role model for kids and clearly shows how reading and mentoring can spark truly magical accomplishments far beyond the football field.”
“We are so grateful to Malcolm Mitchell, Read to a Child and the New England Patriots for investing in our children and furthering our work as a district,” said Framingham Superintendent Robert Tremblay. “I look forward to seeing our students’ reading skills and self-confidence continue to improve as they connect with and gain inspiration from mentors and from literature.”