ABC-27 News Spotlight Featuring Floyd Stokes
James Patterson Page Turner Award: Press Release
New York, NY, May 12, 2008: James Patterson announced today that Floyd Stokes, National Educator in Harrisburg, PA is one of eleven individuals nationwide who received the 3rd annual James Patterson Page Turner Award. There were also 23 organizations recognized in the U. S. Winners will receive cash prizes totaling $250,000. Among them are libraries, schools, bookstores, and innovative individuals and organizations that go to extraordinary lengths to spread the FUN of books and reading across the country.
Floyd Stokes is the founder and Executive Director of the American Literacy Corporation (ALC), which is a non-profit organization that promotes the importance of reading to elementary-age students up to 5th grade. SuperReader is one of programs of the ALC. Since 2001, SuperReader has performed for over 70,000 children in Arkansas, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, D. C. He has also performed several times at halftime at the Philadelphia 76ers game.
Mr. Stokes has received numerous awards for his service to the community to include his former high school, John F. Kennedy High School in Mound Bayou, MS renaming the library The Floyd “SuperReader” Stokes Library on September 2, 2007. “I am honored that James Patterson selected me for promoting literacy. I have been a fan of his for a long time. It was such a pleasant surprise,” says Stokes. “I am thankful to my family, board members, volunteers, sponsors, and the community for their support over the years but there is much work to be done. We must continue to work to prepare our children for the rough road ahead.” In 2007, Mr. Stokes released his first children’s book, “Teddy, The Hungry Little Bear”. To purchase a copy or for more information, please visit: www.superreaders.org .
With recent reports showing a decline in reading among adults and teens, and federal budget cuts reducing book distribution, the promotion of books and reading is more important than ever. James Patterson’s true passion has always been to get people of all ages excited about books and reading, and for years he has proudly supported people and organizations who dedicate themselves to keeping the fun and excitement of books and reading alive.
Patterson says: “This year’s winners are doing great work and at a time when getting people excited about reading and books is especially important. I’m thrilled to help them do what they do so well.” The winners truly embody the spirit and energy of the Page Turner Awards — to spread the excitement of books and reading as far and wide as is humanly possible. And for that, we salute them all!
For more information about the 2007 winners, please visit: www.pattersonpageturner.org
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