Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cracker Barrel Introduces Rockin' Reader Literacy Program to Benefit Schools

LEBANON, Tenn. — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has developed an elementary school literacy program that is helping teachers and adult volunteers build caring and literacy in their communities. The Rockin’ Reader program is now operating in 122 schools in seven states, and the results so far are impressive.

In the first semester of the 2008-09 school year, Rockin’ Reader partner schools reported that 1,800 volunteers had contributed more than 5,300 hours of reading time with children. The first semester total is a good start to the program achieving its first year goal of 15,000 volunteer hours of reading time with children.

To build awareness about the program, Cracker Barrel executives will participate in “Read Me Day” activities to be held this month at Glenn Enhanced Option School in Nashville. The company will also donate the Rockin’ Reader program to a Nashville-area YMCA preschool program to help start a library for kids and volunteers.

“Rockin’ Reader is delivering on its commitment to build caring and literacy in the community,” said Diana S. Wynne, senior vice president of corporate affairs at Cracker Barrel. “Cracker Barrel is pleased to provide the resources to support these schools, and we look forward to adding more programs in the coming months.”
Cracker Barrel is now accepting applications for new partner schools. The Rockin’ Reader Website (www.rockinreader.org) features the online application and a list of partner schools.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurants provide a friendly home-away-from-home in their old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 587 company-owned locations in 41 states.

This program provides books and rocking chairs "the rockin' element) to provide a comfortable way for teachers and children to read together and promote literacy in elementary schools.

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