LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Mar. 16, 2017 – Sparking imaginations and helping nurture a lasting love of reading, Rapunzel recently read to more than 150 children and family members who took part in the Adult Literacy League’s second annual Royal Book Ball.
The princess shared stories with children and their families as part of the event, hosted by the Adult Literacy League, at the Callahan Neighborhood Center in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood. Walt Disney World Ambassadors and Disney VoluntEARS also helped coordinate activities to promote family reading, encourage continued learning together and showcase the importance of literacy.
“Rapunzel’s visit illuminated the wonder and joy of reading for the children and families who took part in our Royal Book Ball,” said Joyce Whidden, executive director of the Adult Literacy League. “With the support of Disney VoluntEARS, our event engaged families in fun learning opportunities and highlighted the magic of reading together.”
Each child who attended the event received a book provided by Disney Publishing Worldwide. Walt Disney World Resort also helps promote reading throughout the school year by sponsoring the Read to Me! Book Club, a family literacy program that provides books and activities to experience at home. The program assists parents in building a home library for their children as they prepare for kindergarten and develop literacy skills.
The Adult Literacy League was founded in 1968 to serve the one-in-five Central Floridians who have a less than fifth-grade level of literacy.