Thursday, February 19, 2009

Java Detour Hosts Book Donation to Benefit Clark County READS Literacy Initiative

LAS VEGAS – March is National Reading Month and Java Detour celebrates with a book drive at both of its coffee shop locations to benefit Clark County READS, the literacy initiative of The Public Education Foundation.

During the month of March, patrons can visit one of two Java Detour locations (6087 S. Pecos Rd and 100 City Parkway in the Molasky Corporate Center) and with the donation of a new or gently used book (for children ages 4-12), will receive a complimentary small house tea, small coffee or small children’s beverage (limit one per customer). Book donation bins will be at each location courtesy of Clark County READS.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Clark County READS,” said Rachel Bellis, co-franchise owner with husband Michael. “As a reading specialist teacher and active member of the community, the future of our youth is something we’re extremely passionate about here at Java Detour.”

All donations will be given to first-year teachers in the Clark County School District where the books can be utilized for classroom libraries or take home reading for students.

Java Detour offers premium coffees and teas that are 100 percent organic in addition to packaging made out of recycled materials. In addition to serving organic coffee, Java Detour has a wide variety of delicious syrups and can create custom specialty drinks. Java Detour also offers a variety of fresh blended smoothies, fruit juices, breakfast sandwiches and pastries, along with a wide selection of kid-friendly beverages.

Clark County READS is the literacy initiative of the Public Education Foundation, in partnership with Clark County and the Clark County School District. Clark County READS was launched in 2001 to improve student achievement by recruiting volunteer reading partners and providing books to schools and their students.

The Public Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing community and global resources to meet the challenges of education a growing and diverse Southern Nevada population. The Foundation’s programs and initiatives are designed to improve student performance and advance quality educational opportunities for all children. Since 1991, the Foundation has raised more than $55 million to improve teaching and learning in Southern Nevada’s public schools.

Java Detour is a San Francisco-based upscale boutique brand, offering fine gourmet coffees, teas, fruit smoothies and selected baked goods. Java Detour has 21 stores in California, Nevada, Minnesota, Wisconsin and China.

Clark County schools are facing funding issues, and the impact is being felt hardest in the classrooms. This book drive will help teachers who work hard to make a difference.

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