Dougie Fresh, Ed Lover Help Kids Learn To Read

The Quaker Oats Company, Scholastic and Sesame Workshop

are coming together to make reading fundamental by holding the First Annual Akidemics/Fundamentals

Program to be held on Today (Nov.9). The purpose of this program is to create

the desire to read and helps children to discover that inside of each book is

a new adventure.

Over 400 children are in store to be treated

to a day of reading and entertainment by members of the industry. Scheduled

to host the event is Dejavu of Power 105. Other participants include Doug E.

Fresh, who will read and perform his book/CD, “Think Again” from the

new Scholastic “Hip Kid Hop” series.

Other celebrity readers include Donovan Patton

of Blues Clues (Nickelodeon), Marcella Kroll (BET’s Teen Summit), Napiera

Groves (As The World Turns), Ed Lover (Power 105.1), and Vanessa Tyler (WB11).

Irene Smalls (Author/Historian), Gerald K. Malcolm (Poet), and Odette Russell

(Kinte Kids) will read and perform stories and poems with historical and cultural


Also scheduled is a special performance by 10-year

old rap artist Freequan, who wrote “Missing,” which addresses the

missing children crisis in America.

Akidemics is an annual project that identifies

the problems affecting children in urban communities and, in turn, provides

solutions in the form of three programs: Fundamentals, Classifieds and Commencement.

These programs work to enhance educational skills, aid in developing college/career

goals and instill positive social ideas.

The attending children will receive Akidemics

Participation Certificates, as well as gift bags filled with books, educational

materials and an Official Akidemics T-shirt. The T-shirts and gift bags are

being provided courtesy of Enyce.

Official sponsors supporting this program are:

The Quaker Oats Company, Nickelodeon, Little Brown & Company, Scholastic,

Sesame Workshop, Random House, Hershey’s, Enyce & Lady Enyce, The New

York Urban League, Weed & Seed, Kinte Kids, Boom Digital and Coca-Cola.