By Curt Yeomans
Local children will soon have an opportunity to eat up reading, at Truett's Grill of Morrow, during an "I Love to Read" program event.
The program is sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of AT&T Pioneers, a group of AT&T employees who do community service projects, ranging from job shadowing programs in local schools, to performing park cleanups, according to Havanah Bailey, president of the chapter's Southside Council, whose membership area includes Clayton County.
The purpose of the "I Love to Read" program is to promote reading among children, Bailey said.
"If they are too young, someone reads to them, but if they can read, they have to read to an adult," Bailey said. She later added that the event helps children, because, "in a way, you're preparing them to read more, by enhancing their reading skills."
The "I Love to Read" event will be held on Monday, from 5 p.m., to 8 p.m., at Truett's Grill, which is located at 2042 Mt. Zion Road, in Morrow. Truett's Grill, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, are co-sponsoring the event with the Southside Council. The EPA Region 4 is sponsoring books to give out to participants in the event, Bailey said.
Bailey said children who participate in the event will receive a "goody bag" which will include academic-themed items, such as bookmarks and pencils.
The "I Love To Read" program event is part of Truett's Grill's weekly family night event, according to Ali Rice, the restaurant's marketing director. "Every Monday night we have a family night, and every week it's a different theme," Rice said.
The restaurant's marketing director added that the restaurant is doing one "I Love To Read" theme night with AT&T Pioneers per month, over a three-month period. The first theme night was held in March, and another one will be held in May, she said. Since it is a family night event, Rice said, parents can get a free kid's four-piece chicken nugget meal for their children with the purchase of any combo, or platter meal.
Truett's Grill General Manager Randy Burgess said 20 children attended the first "I Love to Read" theme night. He pointed out that all children, regardless of how far they live from the restaurant, are welcome to attend the event. He said the reason why the restaurant hosts the event is because it acts as a form of community service by promoting reading among children.
"It [the 'I Love to Read' program] goes with our theme of community work, and giving back to the community," Burgess said.