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Birmingham Councilor Jay Roberson Helps Spread the Magic of Literacy During Magic City Classic Book Drive with GPS Educational Services

PRESS RELEASE                                                                               Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-908-7392

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson is partnering with GPS Educational Services to invite the public to participate in the Magic City Classic Book Drive this week as part of the “100 Days of Nonviolence” initiative by donating new or gently used children’s books to benefit The Little Free Libraries. The libraries are located in various community parks throughout the City of Birmingham. The book drive is promoting 100 Days of Nonviolence’s 7th Year as the initiative works to focus on children’s literacy and other educational services for students in the City.

Book drives are occurring in various locations in the City of Birmingham throughout the Magic City Classic Week, including: Tuesday at Linn Park (facing City Hall) from 1-4 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the Schaeffer Eye Center Classic Invitational at the Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley Golf Trail; Thursday’s “5th Annual Welcome To Birmingham Magic City Classic Opening Ceremony” at the Wine Loft beginning at 7 p.m. and Saturday at Legion Field near the Park and Recreation Department’s Office during the 75th Annual Magic City Classic football game. By reaching their goal of 7,500 books or more during the book drive, GPS Educational Services will distribute the books throughout the Birmingham community in the an efforts to improve literacy.

Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson, who recently donated $500.00 to The Little Free Libraries program, said the book drive will help create a sense of community for residents as well as provide educational opportunities for children in the City. “It’s always a great idea to engage our young generation in learning activities especially in the midst of festivities such as the Magic City Classic,” Councilor Roberson said. “The Little Free Libraries book drive is an additional factor to help our students to succeed in every aspect of their lives.”

About GPS Educational Services

GPS Educational Services is a full service education services provider offering a wide range of solutions ranging from after school tutoring programs, parental involvement workshops, and professional development programs for schools. “GPS Educational Services understands a child who is only educated at school is an uneducated child,” said Talbis Howell, Director of Business Development for GPS. “And throughout our grass roots efforts to engage families and the community to tackle illiteracy, our goal is to collect 7,500 books during the 75th Year of the Magic City Classic through our ‘Party To Achieve’ book drive. GPS understands that it takes the ‘village’ to change the lives of young people in order to drive student achievement.” For more information about GPS Educational Services’ programs and events this week, please follow GPS on Facebook at GPS Educational Services LLC and on Instagram at GPS Ed Services. Contact: Carnelle Howell at (205) 720-6776. Along with the book drive, GPS is partnering with TFJ Law to make a $6,000 contribution to two students who will be attending Alabama A&M and Alabama State Universities during Saturday’s Magic City Classic football game.

For more information please contact the Office of Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson at 205.254.2418.