ORLANDO, FLORIDA (March 25, 2016) – Curious George came to Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida yesterday to help unveil the Curious Corner, a new children’s reading and educational area in the Center for Women and Families. George joined Coalition President/CEO Brent Trotter, WUCF-TV Interim Executive Director Rita Echeverria, and close to a dozen children who live at the Coalition to cut a ribbon to open the colorful corner, donated and installed by WUCF-TV.

“We are grateful to be recipient of the Curious Corner for children and parents who call the Coalition home,” said Coalition President/CEO Brent Trotter. “This is the result of great partnership with WUCF’s American Graduate ‘Let’s Make it Happen’ program, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help kids stay in and graduate school.”

The corner will provide children with a bright and comfortable place to read, explore activities, and build a learning foundation for life. It includes a bookcase filled with 100 books for children from two to 16 years old, in both Spanish and English, as well as educational activities such as coloring sheets. WUCF-TV staff will come each month to bring new items and to read to the younger residents.

In cutting the ribbon WUCF-TVs Interim Director Rita Echeverria said, “WUCF is so proud to be able to bring this Curious Corner to Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida as part of our American Graduate initiative. We think this space will help build early literacy skills and keep kids on the path to graduation. As we cut this ribbon, we welcome you all to be a little curious and dive into a great new book.”

The Coalition was selected to receive this wonderful resource by the WUCF-TV American Graduate program, which focuses on building the knowledge, understanding, collaboration and resources required to improve high school graduation rates. Judging by the mad dash to see what educational treasures the kids could find, the Curious Corner is already a success. The children left with smiles on their faces, books and activities in their hands, and the excitement of more learning to come.

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