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Dr. Larry Kaplan Successfully Attacks a Major Source of Economic Destruction in the Battle Against Illiteracy and Poverty
Date:7/22/2014

Totowa, NJ (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

Dr. Larry Kaplan and concerned leading dentists from across the nation gathered at the MGE Management Experts Benefit Dinner May 30, in St. Petersburg, FL. Government officials and community leaders also helped to raise funds for the Improving Youth Literacy Campaign, in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs and Youth Programs. The funds raised are providing hundreds of thousands of young people with books to tackle illiteracy and help break the cycle of poverty.

Notables who attended were: Florida Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Jim Coats - former Pinellas County sheriff and board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, Susan L. Valdes - vice chair Hillsborough County Public School Board, Kim Sharpe - practicing business and commercial law with Johnson Pope Law Offices and running for sixth circuit court judge, Group 16, Amy Ronshausen - deputy director of both the Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.), Lt. Col. Kirk Kumagai - U.S. Marine Corp (ret), senior marine instructor of the Clearwater High School Marine Corp Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp, Reverend Alfreddie Johnson - founder World Literacy Crusade and Imam Willmore Siddiq - spiritual leader, educator, and leader of the program “Putting the Neighborhood back in the Hood.”

At the March conference, dentists and their executive staff met to analyze and take action against one of their major business issues - hiring qualified staff in these times of high unemployment rates. They isolated illiteracy of applicants as a common denominator.

According to the Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success research, access to books is key to literacy. Studies confirm that the number of books in the home predicts reading achievement.

One study found that in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 13 books per child; in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is on
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