Mud Hens help promote literacy among Hispanic youth
The Toledo Mud Hens Baseball Club has joined an exciting new movement toward youth literacy, recently launched by the Books 4 Buddies campaign.
As part of the effort, shortstop Audy Ciriaco read to Latino children at the TMC Migrant Seasonal Head Start, 27758 Lemoyne Rd. in Millbury on Aug. 13.
Books 4 Buddies, which has collected more than 2,000 donations since June, will also distribute free books to the children and their families.
Toledo Mud Hens shortstop Audy Ciriaco read to Latino children
“The Mud Hens feel it’s important to have a strong community presence off the playing field as well,” says Cheri Pastula, manager of community relations. “The players really enjoy interacting with children and we were thrilled to have Audy visit with these children, in support of the Books 4 Buddies program.”
A native of the Dominican Republic, Ciriaco, 25, is fluent in Spanish and translated his reading to the youth who attended the book giveaway.
Founded by 14-year-old L. Touré McCord II, Books 4 Buddies encourages children and teenagers, especially boys, to read for pleasure and personal development. The program is co-sponsored by the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, The Blade, WTVG 13 and the Toledo NAACP.