September 17, 2010
The SAG Foundation is tremendously honored to receive the inaugural Molina Literacy Award, in recognition of the Children’s Literacy Initiative’s contributions to literacy and childhood education.
Presented at the House of Blues in Los Angeles on October 1, the Molina Literacy Awards honor the memory of the founders of Molina Healthcare, Inc.
Both Dr. David C. Molina and his wife Mary Molina, elementary school teachers before attending medical school, believed that early childhood education and literacy had the power to transform the lives of the underprivileged. The Molina Foundation, dedicated to enhancing the learning and educational experience through family literacy, math competency and teaching effectiveness, was launched in 2004 by the Molina’s daughter, Dr. Martha Bernadett.
The SAG Foundation’s Children’s Literacy Initiative, which encompasses various programs designed to further the development of young minds toward their fullest potential, began championing the education and inspiration of young minds in 1993 with BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools). In addition to the now-nationwide volunteer reader program, the Foundation now encourages learning with such successful and valuable programs as PencilPALS, We the Children and Storyline Online, which reaches children, parents and educators around the world through its interactive website.
The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the countless volunteers, donations and partnerships which makes these efforts possible, and this year’s Texas Hold’em Poker Classic is poised to raise much-needed funds to keep the Children’s Literacy Initiative in operation.
To make your donation to the Children’s Literacy Initiative, click on this website’s Donate Now button. For more information about the programs, click here.