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MEDIA ADVISORY

February 3, 2004

Frances Marine
(850) 245-0413

Education Commissioner Jim Horne to Visit Astoria Park Elementary
Horne will read to students, provide information on Just Read, Florida!, then meet with parents and teachers following a book reading by Adrian Fogelin, author of Crossing Jordan, Florida's pick for the National Book Festival

TALLAHASSEE — Education Commissioner Jim Horne will visit Astoria Park Elementary in Tallahassee this evening, when the school hosts local author Adrian Fogelin for a reading of Crossing Jordan, the book selected to represent Florida at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. last October.

Commissioner Horne will read with younger students, while parents and older students enjoy the reading of Crossing Jordan, a moving, coming-of-age story of cross-cultural friendship in a small working-class town, which was also the winner of the 2002-2003 Sunshine State Young Reader's Award.

The event will take place at:
6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 3, 2004
Astoria Park Elementary School
2465 Atlas Road
Tallahassee, Florida

Following the reading, Commissioner Horne will visit with parents, teachers and students. Staff from Just Read, Florida! will also be on hand to answer questions and provide parents with information on the Governor's reading initiative.

Astoria Park Elementary is a racially diverse school of approximately 600 students. A Title I school, with more than 50% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, Astoria Park has maintained an "A" for two years, having improved from a "C" in 1998. The school also made Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.