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For Immediate Release: Oct. 6, 2003

Television Personalities Support The Latinos READ Literary Project
Latinos READ - Oct 22 - 12:15 - 1:15 pm - Brookhaven College

Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX - Venezuelan telenovella star, Sonya Smith, will be at Brookhaven College Oct. 22 to support Latinos READ. Latinos READ is a citywide literary project, to generate enthusiasm in reading. The project was created by Mi Escuelita and the WB33 Kids Fund, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, as a way to promote reading. Mi Escuelita is an early childhood program dedicated to teaching English to at-risk children of all cultures and developing their language and literacy skills in preparation for a successful school experience. The WB33 Kids Fund was created to stimulate DFW community giving through local fundraising activities.

Smith will make a presentation and read from her favorite Latino author, at the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute on the Brookhaven College main campus, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Smith is currently seen on the telenovella, Milagros on Univision. Her early appearances included supporting roles on Cristal, Gardenia, and El Desprecio. Her first lead role was as Cara Sucia in Cara Sucia, which was broadcast in 80 countries around the world including the United States. Since then she has appeared in a variety of other television and movie roles. Smith also has appeared in commercials for Wrangler jeans, Coca-Cola and Sprint telephone services.
Throughout the day on Oct. 22, celebrities will visit campuses throughout Dallas as a part of this campaign. On Oct. 21, Dallas Mayor Laura Miller will lead a press conference at the downtown Central Library to declare Oct. 22 as “Latino Literary Day” in Dallas.

Citigroup, Pizza Hut, American Airlines, Renaissance Hotels, Chevron, and Comcast have made Literacy and Latinos Read their priority in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. "The celebrity readers are an inspiration to hear and are shining examples of role models in the Hispanic community," said Debbie Taylor, Citigroup Vice President of Corporate Relations. "We are thrilled to be a part of the inaugural Latinos READ literary event because increasing reading skills is vital to improving the overall economy of the Dallas community where our employees work and live."

The new Latino Cultural Center, will host the capstone event for the day with a fund-raiser featuring celebrities including Hector Elizondo, Esai Morales, Jose Solano, Ruth Livier, Dolly Josette Espinal and Denis Leone. The celebrities will share the stage and showcase their reading selections to 300 individuals who purchase a ticket for $100. Tickets for the dinner support Mi Escuelita and the WB33 Kids Fund. Additional information about Latinos READ is available at www.miescuelita.org.

Brookhaven College is one of the seven colleges of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Brookhaven College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.



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