Monday, April 13, 2015
Collier and Bevin Join in On the #ReadOrPie Initiative
Fort Thomas resident, Brent Cooper, and University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono, took pies to the face to challenge people to become a reading mentor or donate to ReadOn!, or take a pie in the face.
Fort Thomas City Councilman, Adam Meier, found himself on the receiving end of a pie and also challenged FTM Publisher Mark Collier.
The challenge is in the same vein of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Cooper and Ono hope to bring more attention to the Read On! childhood literacy initiative and the importance of learning to read at an early age.
The Read On! campaign was launched in August 2013; the eight-year initiative is a partnership between the Northern Kentucky Education Council and the Strive Partnership.
Also challenged by Meier was Kentucky gubernatorial candidate, Matt Bevin. Bevin also challenged the 3 other gubernatorial GOP primary candidates - Hal Heiner, James Comer, and Will T. Scott - to accept the challenge.
Improving education is one of the 7 pillars in Bevin's platform, and centers around empowering parents, teachers, and local communities. Bevin supports the goal of Read On's 'Read or Pie' challenge to "give every 0-5 year old in Cincinnati access to age-appropriate books."