Porter-Leath has published a book for preschool-aged children to promote the importance of education in the earliest stages of life and to teach children about the city in which they live - Memphis.
“We Live In Memphis!,” written by local author Perre Magness and illustrated by Michelle Duckworth, features 20 pages of colorful Memphis landmarks. Magness, who has written more than 10 books about Memphis history, including her most recent “Memphis: A Children’s History,” aimed to write a story using simple words and pictures to teach preschoolers about well-known Memphis landmarks like the Mississippi River, the Hernando DeSoto Bridge, the Peabody Hotel and Beale Street.
"Children's brains form so much in their first three years. I hope this book will help to teach them about the place where they live,” said Magness.
Porter-Leath has been operating highly successful preschools as an Early Head Start grantee since 1999 and has served as a Head Start delegate agency to Shelby County Head Start since 2000. Most recently, the organization opened a preschool in partnership with KIPP: Memphis Collegiate Elementary. Through sponsorships from Magness, Duckworth, First Tennessee Bank, Junior League of Memphis and The Urban Child Institute, the organization will distribute 18,000 complimentary copies to disadvantaged children in Memphis through Early Head Start and Head Start, Memphis City Schools, childcare centers and other partner organizations throughout Shelby County.
“Porter-Leath published “We Live in Memphis!” as a multi-purpose tool in the agency's quest for universal pre-school, school readiness and parental involvement,” said Mike Warr, executive vice president of development and new business. “Porter-Leath is grateful to Perre Magness, Michelle Duckworth, First Tennessee, The Urban Child Institute and The Junior League of Memphis for their talent, support and contributions that created “We Live in Memphis!”
In addition to the distribution, Porter-Leath will also sell the book for $7 to raise funds at The Booksellers at Laurelwood and online at http://porterleath.5minutefundraiser.com/.