Early Childhood Literacy Program to Serve Broward Title I Schools

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fantasy Theatre Factory announces an exciting two-year partnership with The Jim Moran Foundation to promote literacy through the arts for Pre-K – 2nd grade students in Broward’s underserved Title I elementary schools. The program, Bringing Books to Children, includes the presentation of an exciting Fantasy Theatre Factory children’s theatre show, the distribution of 4,500 free program-related books per year and an educational mini workshop immediately following each show.

Bringing Books to Children is made possible thanks to a two-year grant totaling $115,000 from The Jim Moran Foundation, allowing Fantasy Theatre Factory to serve over twenty (20) Broward Title I elementary schools annually in some of Broward County’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

We are thrilled to be partnering with The Jim Moran Foundation on this flagship Early Childhood Literacy program serving the most underserved Broward elementary school children with this culturally and educationally enriching programming,” says Fantasy Theatre Factory’s Executive Director Larry Fields.

PROGRAM: Bringing Books to Children

WHO: 4,500 underserved Broward Title I elementary school children in Pre-K – 2nd grade in over 20 schools per year.

WHAT: Fantasy Theatre Factory travels directly to each school served, presenting one of its award-winning literacy-promoting theatre shows featuring a cast of professional actors, followed by an after-show educational mini workshop for all students, concluding with a free program-related book distribution to each child in attendance.

WHEN: January & February 2017; January & February 2018

WHERE: Targeted Broward Title I Elementary Schools.

CONTACT: Larry Fields, Executive Artistic Director, Fantasy Theatre Factory, larry@ftfshows.com, (305) 284-8800

ABOUT

Fantasy Theatre Factory (FTF) has been serving Florida since 1982 and performs in rural and inner-city schools, theatres, parks, hospitals, community centers and more. FTF presents more than 400 Florida programs reaching over 140,000 people each year. FTF's mission is to make more quality theatre programs available to more people of all cultures and backgrounds. FTF is a leader in programming for special needs audiences, now producing Sensory Friendly programming in addition to its other special needs program offerings. FTF also serves as the managing resident company for the Sandrell Rivers Theatre in Miami’s Liberty City in partnership with Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs and The M Ensemble. www.ftfshows.com

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $75 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 -- with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. www.jimmoranfoundation.org

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