Pearson Foundation Donates Support to World Vision’s Haitian Early Childhood Learning Initiative
The Rock Bottom Remainders and the Pearson Foundation today announced the successful conclusion of last week’s four-city 2010 Wordstock Concert Tour, which raised money for Haitian relief in conjunction with humanitarian organization World Vision. The rock and roll caravan, which included performances in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York, and Boston, also helped to introduce the Pearson Foundation’s new We Give Books literacy initiative.
We Give Books, a new digital initiative from the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation, enables anyone with access to the internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online. The free website gives parents, care-givers, and educators immediate access to a growing digital collection of Penguin’s classic children’s literature. For every book read online, the Pearson Foundation donates a hard-cover or paperback book to a child in need, in partnership with an exemplary literacy organization.
The Pearson Foundation announced that in addition to books, it has committed funds to support World Vision’s Early Childhood Development Learning Spaces in Haiti. These Learning Spaces are a complementary way for children in Haiti to continue their schooling in the aftermath of the disaster. World Vision hopes to set up multiple centers throughout Port-au-Prince and rural communities in Haiti in the coming year.
The announcement was made at this week’s International Reading Association conference in Chicago, where educators and library leaders from across the United States explored We Give Books for the first time and were invited to help We Give Books donate more than one million books in the initiative’s first year.
In addition to the World Vision donation, the Rock Bottom Remainders 2010 Wordstock tour helped raise funds for the literacy efforts of the America’s Promise Alliance, New York City’s 92nd Street Y, and the Philadelphia Free Public Library. In addition, the Pearson Foundation will donate books to local school districts in each city served by the tour.
This year’s Rock Bottom Remainders lineup included best selling authors Dave Barry on lead guitar, Amy Tan on vocals, Mitch Albom on keyboards, Scott Turow on vocals, Greg Iles on lead guitar, Kathi Kamen Goldmark on vocals, James McBride on saxophone, Ridley Pearson on bass, Roy Blount Jr. on vocals, and Sam Barry on harmonica. Roger McGuinn, a founding member of the Byrds, made a special guest appearance with the Rock Bottom Remainders in Washington D.C. Between them, the Remainders have published over 150 books and sold over 200 million books. Their concerts have raised close to million for various charities over the last 18 years.
“This Remainders tour was excellent,” said Dave Barry. “I don’t mean in the sense of musically excellent, of course. But we had a great time hanging out and seeing old friends, and we’re really happy that so many people came out to help us support some great causes and kick-start We Give Books, which is a great way to keep the momentum going even though the tour is over.”
“It’s been a real privilege to help bring the Rock Bottom Remainders’ wonderful, enthusiastic mix of rock and roll to their fans, and to help raise funds for Haiti and important literacy efforts,” said Pearson Foundation president Mark Nieker. “The Rock Bottom Remainders brought people together for five evenings of music and fun, and in the process helped shine the spotlight on the important work of the Pearson Foundation’s non-profit partners. Through We Give Books, everyone can help keep the effort going–and they can enjoy a growing collection of great children’s books, any time they like no matter where they are thanks to the Penguin Group.”
About the Rock Bottom Remainders:
In its 18 year existence, Rock Bottom Remainders have raised close to million dollars for charity through their concert tours. The group first performed at the 1992 American Booksellers Association convention in Anaheim. The group is composed of some of today’s most shining literary lights, who, between them, have published more than 150 titles, sold more than 200 million books, and who have been translated into more than 25 languages. In addition to the literary band members, rock legends such as Bruce Springsteen and the late Warren Zevon have made guest appearances. http://www.rockbottomremainders.com
About We Give Books
We Give Books is a new philanthropic program from Penguin and the Pearson Foundation that helps young people become lifelong readers and givers. We Give Books enables anyone with access to the internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online. More information about We Give Books can be found at http://www.wegivebooks.org.
About the Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson’s (NYSE: PSO) commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The Foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at http://www.pearsonfoundation.org.
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world’s poor regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit http://www.worldvision.org.
Posted On: Chicago, IL April 28, 2010