**Students under 16 will need a parent/guardian present to win or to pick up the laptop.
Reading Bonanza in the Park hopes to bring awareness to the benefits of reading by exposing kids, teenagers and families to a variety of community resources, programs and books for entertainment, education and empowerment. "I wanted to bring this event to our youth because of the impact books made in my life. Growing up poor and disadvantaged, my mother often took us to places that were free including the park and the library. I was able to go to Stanford despite my circumstances because being able to read at a young age gave me an edge. With the internet and TV entertaining our youth and taking away their attention, I wanted to remind our community about the wealth and power of books." - Marlayna Tuiasosopo, event creator and organizer.
This fourth annual event would not be possible without the success of our online fundraising campaign and the support of our presenting sponsors, Patent Law Works, LLP and Kepler’s Books in Partnership with Peninsula Arts & Letters. Other major sponsors and community partners include: Facebook, San Mateo County Human Services Agency, San Mateo County East Palo Alto Library, Ravenswood School District, Stanford Men’s Basketball, College Track, StarVista, New Sweet Home Church, 106KMEL, Ravenswood Family Health Center, Tongan Gridiron/Kingdom Bowl, Share Literacy, and Southern California Tribal Education Institute. This event has gotten support from many other organizations and individual donors. Thank you for the support!
The event is also an opportunity for Stanford University alumni, friends and community members to give back to its surrounding community by volunteering;
Volunteer : “We are excited to work with the community of East Palo Alto to put on this event. East Palo Alto is filled with gifted, talented and creative youth. Put a book in their hands and powerful things will happen.”
This event was instigated by “Beyond the Farm”, an initiative seeking to extend Stanford University’s spirit of service to communities around the world through the volunteer efforts of Stanford alumni, family and friends. With the dedication of every individual within the University’s 200,000+ – strong alumni community, thousands of local causes can be supported and hundreds of global initiatives can be launched.
The mission of Computers for Everyone is to enable our underserved communities to access the digital world through affordable education, equipment, connectivity, and support. For more information visit their website at computersforeveryone.org.
For more information about the event visit http://www.readingrainbowinthepark.org/