Mayor Julián Castro and elected officials joined local McDonald’s owner/operators to applaud their donation of 3,000 books to the Pre‐K 4 SA program Tuesday.
Castro, District 8 Councilmember Ron Nirenberg, District 3 Councilmember Rebecca Viagran and Pre‐K 4 SA CEO Kathleen Bruck gathered at the North Education Center on 3635 Medical Drive, as local McDonald’s owner/operators presented newly published books for distribution to the nearly 700 Pre‐K 4 SA students enrolled in the program. Another 6,700 books are being donated to students throughout San Antonio.
“The best way to ensure academic success is to make sure that a child is able to read by the third grade,” Castro said. “These books will help hundreds of San Antonio children get off to a great start.”
Through Nov. 14, McDonald’s is offering a Happy Meal that features one of four kid-sized books: “Deana’s Big Dreams,” “The Goat Who Ate Everything,” “Ant Can’t” and “Doddi the Dodo Goes to Orlando.”
“We’re excited to invite families to spend time together and celebrate the joy of reading through these Happy Meal books,” said Pedro Carrazana, McDonald’s owner/operator and president of the Greater San Antonio McDonald’s Owner/Operator Association. “This is the latest step in our ongoing efforts to enrich the lives of families.”
Pre-K 4 SA is designed to improve the quality and quantity of pre-kindergarten childhood education for 4-year-olds citywide focusing on numeracy and literacy as well as providing professional development for pre-K thorugh grade 3 eudcators. Over eight years, Pre-K 4 SA will educate a projected 22,400 4-year-old children.