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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Breaking news: Independent reading festival starts March 2 in Prince George’s County

Breaking news

Independent reading festival starts March 2 in Prince George’s County

To celebrate Read Across America Day 2016, a literacy festival will be held at Charles Herbert Flowers High School on March 2 for Pre-K students who attend the Little Jaguars Preschool Lab.  Read Across America Day celebrates reading and is a national observance of Dr. Seuss' birthday. Seuss was known for writing books for children such as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham."
Reading activities, games, educational exploration, food and fun will encourage young children to read books at home. Students will be given free books to remind them to ask their parents or guardians to read with or to them. In the afternoon, festivities will continue by visiting children who attend a child enrichment center in Landover, Md. The center will hold activities to celebrate Read Across America Day. Kid Time Enterprises will provide additional books to add to the center’s library and/or offer to provide free books for school-age youth and toddlers to take home.   

Discover Books – a book collection and online reselling company donated the majority of the books that will be used for literacy events that will kick off a campaign to distribute up to 1,000 of them to Maryland youth.  The festival and reading campaign will be presented by Tyler Stallings, who is a 4-year-old aspiring author and entrepreneur. Tyler inspires his mother, Andrea Blackstone, to develop community outreach activities that will be provided by their forthcoming learning and publishing company called Kid Time Enterprises.

As a part of the campaign, individuals will be encouraged to recycle books, by finding out how to give them new homes through Discover Books, when books are no longer needed by their original owners. Additionally, Kid Time Enterprises will invite youth to read printed books more often, while balancing time spent online or using electronic devices. Although the campaign is intended to encourage all youth to read, specific efforts will be made to reach underserved children in and around Prince George’s County.







Tuesday, February 23, 2016

KTE'S honorary CEO was awarded a grant to help veterans!

There have been so many moving parts behind the scenes, but things are starting to materialize. The ability to see a joyful 4-year-old jump around the room because he will donate hygiene supplies to homeless veterans is priceless. Tyler is a child of a veteran and so am I. We both have a passion to do whatever we can to thank them. Tyler agreed that doing something special for veterans is important. After discussing the plight of homeless veterans, we came up with an idea to distribute thank you cards and needed items to help brighten their day.

Today, we found out that Tyler's project was accepted for funding! The grant money will be used to make hygiene kits for another effort to give back to the community. $100 will help us to begin to buy supplies for individuals in Washington, D.C. or Maryland who have served our country. 

More information will be released in March. However, if you may be interested in making a donation to help us to  give as much as we can, please contact us via for further details. We are close to selecting a designated facility that can help us to distribute these items to veterans in need.

Discover Books is helping us to give away 1000 books to youth!

We would like to thank Discover Books for donating books to a special campaign that KTE will launch to help youth have more books of their own, or gain access to them in places where they may frequently go such as community and child care centers. Books will also be donated to homeless shelters and organizations supporting veterans and their families.

Earlier this week, we began the sorting process at Discover Books to prepare for a special launch to give away 1000 books that will occur on March 2. Tyler has been fortunate to have many books in his life, but it is mainly because I have been willing to find resources to make this happen when my budget did not allow for it. When Tyler was a baby, a few wonderful friends purchased books to introduce him to story time. Since then, we located resources to help Tyler to remain interested in books that continue to fuel his appreciation of books. We want to pass along a similar joy to other children who can also experience this by reading outside of school.

Please be sure to visit to find out how you can help stories to live on. Books that are taken to collection boxes are recycled. A child in your own community may have not have ever owned a book of his or her own and perhaps furthering literacy efforts can help youth to gain more skills that are necessary to do well in school. Reading books can make a difference in the lives of youth and adults. While Tyler is finishing his book project, giving back to the community will be an additional priority. 

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