Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     JANUARY 25, 2002

“DRC Gets Hooked on Books Week”

(Columbus)  - The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) will be celebrating “DRC Gets Hooked On Books Week”  January 27 – February 2, 2002.  This will be the third consecutive year that DRC has promoted Governor  Bob Taft’s OhioReads initiative by organizing  an agency-wide book drive and special events.

Commemorating DRC’s 30th year as a state agency, the goal this year is to raise 30,000 books.  Each institution, all eight Adult Parole Authority office and Central Office will be organizing special events to recognize “DRC Gets Hooked On Books Week.”   Reading Rooms for children were created in each of the visiting areas inside the institutions, and Wednesday, January 30, 2002 will be the ceremonial “Reading Room” day.  On that day, each of the Reading Rooms will be hosting special events such as hot dog and popcorn sales, face painting, balloon making and having trained readers read to the visiting children.  Jumpy, DRC’s reading mascot, will be visiting several of the institutions during the week of the book drive.

Reginald A. Wilkinson, DRC Director, stated,  “Reading is an essential tool for success in life, and recent studies have shown that educational programs help to reduce recidivism rates.  By working with children of offenders and pupils in the community, we help improve the quality of life in our state.”

DRC employees are participating in the book drive by donating at least five new or gently used books, or by donating $10 to dress down for the week.

For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.