The O.J. McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation announced its partnership with the Russell Life Skills and Reading Room Foundation in August of 2011.  The Catch 81 Reading Room opened for the 2011 school year in the Franklin Park neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale.  The Catch 81 Reading Room will help eradicate illiteracy among Fort Lauderdale youth by empowering, inspiring and encouraging at-risk youth to become successful and productive citizens.

In its first year the Catch 81 Reading helped Fort Lauderdale youth succeed by emphasizing the importance of reading as an educational tool and as a means through which young people can experience the world beyond their immediate communities.  Through emphasis on phonics, word recognition, spelling, comprehension, vocabulary, writing skills and study skills, the Catch 81 Reading Room helped over 45 children expand their educational horizons in its first year.  The Catch 81 Reading Room is staffed with certified teachers, teacher’s assistants, and volunteers who collectively use their knowledge and understanding to help each child to improve on their reading abilities and FCAT scores.

The Catch 81 Reading Room students had a Thank You party in October of 2011 to show their appreciation to O.J. McDuffie and the O.J. McDuffie Catch 81 Foundation for their support of the afterschool center.  Students presented O.J. McDuffie with thank you cards and essays showing their gratitude.

To celebrate the first year of the Catch 81 Reading Room, students, teachers and Catch 81 Foundation Executive Director Gloria McDuffie and Founder O.J. McDuffie celebrated with games, dancing and cake.  Students again presented O.J. McDuffie and the Catch 81 Foundation with thank you cards and essays to express how the Catch 81 Reading Room helped them to succeed throughout the school year.

The Catch 81 Reading Room is open throughout the school year for after school programs.  Donations and volunteers are always welcomed.  If you are interested in learning more about the Catch 81 Reading Room please contact us at info@catch81foundation.org.  As always…Thanks for Catching On!

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