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Boys & Girls Clubs of America Launching Reading Rooms at 100 Clubs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County has received a $10,000 grant to launch a new reading initiative that promotes both educational and leisure reading for adolescents.  The Walmart Foundation's Bright Spot for Reading initiative for adolescent readers will help create a reading center, provide training for staff, and encourage relationships to ensure the success of young members. Nationally, the Walmart Foundation awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of America with $1.15 million to help establish reading Bright Spots at 100 clubs across the U.S.

 This grant will allow the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County to provide a reading room at the Armstrong Youth Center in East Bakersfield. The Bright Spot Reading Center will feature books geared to youth ages 11 to 15 and will include programming to encourage adolescents to read more and develop a more positive attitude toward reading. Programming will include activities in drama, art and technology; field trips to local bookstores and the library; and service learning projects in order to create reading opportunities in every area of the club.

 For more information, please call 661-327-3730  or visit

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