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/ CORRECTION - National Center for Family Literacy Launches Online Summer Camp

LOUISVILLE, KY -- (Marketwire) -- 07/02/12 -- In the news release, "National Center for Family Literacy Launches Online Summer Camp," issued earlier today by the National Center for Family Literacy, we are advised by the company that the Camp What-a-Wonder links in the first and fourth bullet points should point to "http://www.wonderopolis.org/camp-what-a-wonder/" rather than "http://www.wonderopols.org/camp-what-a-wonder/" as originally issued; also, the URL for the "Angela Daniels" link in the third bullet's second sub-bullet has changed. Complete corrected text follows.

National Center for Family Literacy Launches Online Summer Camp

NCFL Fights Summer "Brain Drain" With Toyota-Supported Camp What-a-Wonder and Verizon Foundation-Supported Wonderopolis

LOUISVILLE, KY -- July 2, 2012 -

NEWS FACTS

  • The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) announced today the launch of the second annual Camp What-a-Wonder -- a free, national online program that provides families with interactive activities based on weekly themes to help negate summer learning loss.

  • Camp What-a-Wonder stems from NCFL's Wonderopolis®, an online destination where children can learn through discovery, creativity and imagination. Wonderopolis features a "Wonder of the Day®," a fun, daily post that explores an everyday mystery.

  • Camp What-a-Wonder kicks off on July 2 and runs through July 27.
    • The camp will provide a downloadable audio explore guide based on the Wonder of the Day that will take families offline for fun, interactive activities.
    • Families can participate in live, weekly Campfire Chats over Twitter (hashtag #WonderChat), hosted by celebrities/experts including Zach Slavin of the Audubon Foundation's TogetherGreen Initiative, Jeni's Ice Cream, and craft specialists Kathy Cano-Murillo and Angela Daniels.

  • Each week's activities are based on a different theme related to the Wonders of the Day, including Spooky Stories, Campfire Cooking, Creepy Crawling Critters and Craft-A-Palooza.
    • The first week's theme, Spooky Stories, features a Campfire Chat with L.A.-based author of "Cowboy and Wills" Monica Holloway
    • Each week's Wonder of the Day will be posted on Wonderopolis.org/camp-what-a-wonder/.

  • Recent studies have shown that summer "brain drain" can cause kids to lose up to two months' worth of skills learned during the school year. NCFL is providing Camp What-a-Wonder in order to continue combating this trend by encouraging kids to explore and learn throughout the summer.

  • 2012 Camp What-a-Wonder is a special summer program of Wonderopolis and is generously supported by Toyota. Ongoing support for Wonderopolis.org and its content is provided by the Verizon Foundation.

EXECUTIVE QUOTES

  • "Once that last bell rings for summer, parents' busy schedules and a surge of free time can make kids check out completely for a few months. The Camp What-a-Wonder program gives kids an opportunity to have fun with their families while also stimulating their minds -- so they haven't lost any of what they've learned once they re-enter school in the fall." - Emily Kirkpatrick, NCFL vice president

ABOUT NCFL
The National Center for Family Literacy, founded in 1989 and based in Louisville, Ky., is the worldwide leader in family literacy. More than 1 million families have made positive educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL's work, which includes training more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of volunteers. For more information, contact 1-877-FAMLIT-1 or visit www.famlit.org.

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