A team from Marlins Ayudan visited the Freedom Tower to lend Miami Book Fair’s Read to Learn Books for Free some help sorting and stickering children’s books. These books are being prepped for distribution to the forty bookshelves The Children’s Trust-sponsored program keeps stocked throughout the community in an effort to give families free access to books and ensure that every third grader in Miami-Dade County is reading at grade level. A 2013 study showed that only 1 in 300 children in underserved neighborhoods owns (or has) a book at home.
Marlins Ayudan is the signature outreach initiative of the Miami Marlins. Their purpose is to provide a volunteer corps willing and ready to effectuate positive change in the South Florida community. Every front office employee from the President to office staff participates in team efforts to engage with schools and charities throughout South Florida. Team “Been There Ayudan That” has been volunteering with our Read to Learn Books for Free Program for the last three years. In addition to stickering children’s books, the team helps set up the Read to Learn Books for Free booth at the Book Fair’s November Street Fair, and has supported our fundraising efforts during the 24-hour fundraiser Give Miami Day for the last two years.
Team Captain Alex Buznego, who works as the Senior Director of Strategy and Engagement for the Miami Marlins, explained why his team chose Read to Learn Books for Free to focus their efforts, “First of all, we’re here in the Freedom Tower. There’s a certain amount of cultural significance to being here. But education is important, and Miami Book Fair does a lot of good in our community— I don’t know that people realize how much their efforts help.”
In their three-hour visit, the team of twelve labeled more than 3,500 books with Read to Learn Books for Free stickers. Thank you, Marlins Ayudan!