Hard-of-Hearing Children Learn about Chocolate Making at Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Davie, FL

Schakolad Chocolate Factory will host a free chocolate-making party for deaf and hard-of hearing children. The children, part of the Deaf Family Literacy Academy, will learn about chocolate with the help of sign language interpreters.
By: LEM Communications
Feb. 14, 2010 - PRLog -- Davie, Fl. - For Adriana Schaked, giving back to the community is as important as producing the finest hand-made chocolate in South Broward. In the spirit of February’s celebration of Valentine’s Day, Schakolad Chocolate Factory located in Davie will host approximately 10 young deaf and hard-of hearing children at a free chocolate-making party.  Most of the  children at the event are part of a program with the Deaf Family Literacy Academy (DFLA) and will be accompanied by their parents or guardians as well as two interpreters who will help facilitate the party. The event will be held on Sunday, February 28, 3:00 p.m., at the Davie store which is located at 7740 Nova Drive.

Schakolad (pronounced shaq-o-LAD) - a combination of "Schaked" and "Chocolate” produces fresh, hand-made on-premises European-style chocolates. The business was founded on recipes passed down through a family of three generations of chocolate makers.  

With 31 Stores across the country, the brand is fast becoming recognized as the perfect combination of a quality, upscale chocolate boutique with a service-oriented atmosphere of the corner “Mom and Pop” European Chocolateria.

The upcoming party is not the first time that the owners, Adriana Schaked and her daughter Dafne Reich, have hosted free events for children with special needs.  Last summer they also sponsored a free event for JAFCO. This organization serves the abused and neglected children in South Florida. These children come from all walks of life and were thrilled with the opportunity to discover how chocolate is made.

Launched in 2002, the Deaf Family Literacy Academy (DFLA) is a Volunteer USA program, employing deaf adults as mentors for families with deaf or hard-of-hearing children.  These mentors work with the children and their parents, delivering family literacy series in the families’ homes. What started with only five families, now reaches over 50 families in two counties so that parents can learn to communicate and read to their children.

Carla Avery is an interpreter working with DFLA.  She first met Schaked and Reich when she came into the store to schedule a chocolate-making birthday party for her daughter. Schaked and Reich were so inspired by Avery’s commitment to working with deaf and hard-of-hearing children, that they wanted to get involved.

“We are blessed to have the opportunity to do something to help the community by giving back,” said Adriana Schaked. “We realized that we could also teach about the sweetness of life and make some chocolate heart lollypops with the kids in her program.  Even though these kids cannot hear, they can still utilize all their senses to enjoy the aroma, texture, taste and beauty of chocolate.  What better time to do this than around Valentine’s Day!”

Jennifer Jones, director of the DFLA, is touched by the generous offer from Schakolad.

“We thank the Schakolad Chocolate Factory for giving these children an opportunity for hands-on learning that they would not otherwise have access to.  Kids learn best when they can be involved and this experience will enable the children to spend time with their parents and learn the signs for the activities in a fun way!” said Jones.

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About Schakolad: The Schakolad Chocolate Factory, is a handmade European-style chocolate company with 31 stores nationwide. With their chocolate made fresh on premises at each location, Schakolad is the place to find chocolate packed with personality…not preservatives. Each truffle is hand-rolled, enrobed in creamy dark, milk, or white chocolate and is free of preservatives or additives. At Schakolad, truffles are handmade on location in the European tradition so freshness will never be compromised by bulk-processing or shipping.
For more information on the Schakolad Chocolate Factory, call Adriana Schaked at 954-472-6155 or visit the website at http://www.schakolad.com/store20 For more information on Deaf Family Literacy Academy, call 954-370-1145 or visit the website at www.deaffamilyliteracyacademy.org

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