HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Literacy is essential to education and one in five Houstonians is functionally illiterate. The Under Our Wing Literacy Program has teamed up with Houston Dynamo’s two-time MLS Cup winner Brian Ching, players from the Houston Dash, and local organizations to encourage literacy, character building, and environmental stewardship among the youth of our community, during the two-part Valentine’s week event, A Dash to Remember.
“Under Our Wing does a great job at teaching our kids how to give back and how to feel proud about the activities they do, and the effect they can have on other children.” – Alex Rodriguez, Youth Enrichment Specialist at the Houston Area Women’s Center
In 2014, this event proved that there is power in teamwork. Champion organization Shaftel Diamond Co., one of the most prominent diamond and engagement ring retailers in Houston, and the perfect place to find a gift for Valentine’s Day, is back as an event sponsor. They are accompanied by C.HAIR.I.TEE, a volunteer partner that will be donating accessories handmade from recycled t-shirts, as well as returning sponsors Gwee Global, multi-functional touchscreen and optical microfiber cleaning purveyors, and Awards by Allstar, where you can customize the perfect crystal award to recognize achievement. These great organizations are teaming up with first-time sponsors, pediatric specialty acute care hospital HealthBridge Children’s Hospital and Texas-based, full-service law firm Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. Along with media partners CBS Radio Houston and Mega TV, these companies are determined to express their passion for making a positive impact in our community through this collaborative literacy initiative.
A Dash to Remember directly impacts children in Houston. Part one of the event, at the Houston Area Women's Center, engages at-risk youth with interactive games, and live readings from the award-winning dual language children’s series Avian Kingdom: Feathered Tales, while empowering them as they decorate Valentine’s cards for children in the hospital. During part two of the event, the handmade Valentine’s cards are delivered to the hospital by the Avian Kingdom team and local volunteers. Under Our Wing is donating thousands of books so the children, siblings, and parents can enjoy a fun afternoon of interactive games and live readings from their heroes.