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March Madness - for reading!

Thompson Child & Family Focus, a nonprofit provider of treatment, care and education for at risk children and families, will hold its 16th annual March Madness for Reading, an initiative that encourages children to embrace early literacy activities. This year’s theme, “Hooked on Books,” will engage families, Thompson staff, and the community-at-large, in numerous activities to inspire a passion for reading that fosters lifelong learning habits.

Thompson’s March Madness for Reading has attracted thousands of corporate and community volunteers since its inception in 1997. Last year, volunteers read more than 20,000 books.

Volunteers will read to children for 15-30 minute time slots (Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:00-10:30 a.m. or 3:30-4:30 p.m.) at Thompson Child Development Center, 1645 Clanton Road (at the intersection of West Blvd.). To volunteer, contact Raechelle Berry,, 704-644-4396.

You also can contribute books for the children. Each $5 donation will provide one book that includes inscription with donor’s name. You may donate online at or mail a check to Thompson Child & Family Focus, 6800 Saint Peter’s Lane, Matthews, NC 28105.

Thompson Child Development Center serves up to 150 children from birth to 5 years of age. The Center provides North Carolina five-star licensed early childhood education to a diverse population – many of whom are exposed to domestic violence, substance abuse, and impoverished environments. A large percentage of the children enrolled have been diagnosed with special needs or have high risk factors that challenge their academic and lifelong development.