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New Hope Memorial Childcare Center Receives Donation of Smart-books

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Elizabeth firefighters, police officers, and PGK's Shawn McClain join the students and staff for a picture with PGK's mascot. Credits: Fran Sullivan
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Elizabeth firefighter Walt Horne reads to the class. Credits: Fran Sullivan
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Mascot PGK dances with the students. Credits: Fran Sullivan
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ELIZABETH, NJ – It’s not part of their job descriptions, but the visiting police officers and firefighters had no trouble fitting into the preschool-size chairs to read to an excited group of three-year-olds at New Hope Memorial Childcare Center, December 17.

Elizabeth President PBA #4 Richard Steinke, Police Officer Darren Williamson, Firefighter Walt Horne, and Fire Deputy Chief Donald Paterson were there to present 150 Smart-books to the center. They were donated by the Elizabeth PBA, the Vulcan Society of Elizabeth, Assemblyman Jamel Holley, and Elizabeth Councilman Carlos Torres, as part of the “Adopt-A-Program to Read" campaign event, hosted by Promiseland Global Kids (PGK), who provides educational products and entertainment.

“We welcome the opportunity to help the community,” said Officer Steinke. “The children are the future of the city, and we want to be a part of that.”

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The Smart-books are designed to supplement and enhance a child's learning experience. They use a combination of music production, songwriting, story lines, imaginary characters and learning exercises to provide a well-rounded learning experience.

Said Assemblyman Jamel Holley, “We all have firsthand knowledge the powerful role books can play in a child’s life - it can expand a child's world, imagination and experiences. Our goal with these donations is to provide our youth with the very best reading material and hope that it will encourage them to read often.”

The donation was certainly appreciated by the center that often has no budget for book buying. Said Director Amanda St. Ange, “I think the books will help them learn to read and to share their ideas with their fellow classmates, teachers, and parents.”

Promiseland Global Kids (PGK) was founded in 2006 by Law Cunningham and a team specializing in music, media and early childhood development. The company, which supports “strengthening our community through edu-tainment," shared a vision to create groundbreaking children’s edu-tainment content. Their mission is to find corporate, small business owners or city officials, who will sponsor the purchase of the audio Smartbook for donation to a pre-school, daycare, after school program, youth organization, library or more. For more information about Promiseland Global Kids (PGK), please visit their website at http://www.pgkclubhouse.com.   

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