Toronto, ON – (December 8, 2015) – Leading U.S. literacy nonprofit organization, Kids Need to Read (KNTR), and game company, uKloo Kids Inc. are working in partnership to add the uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt game to a new national school program that helps children embrace a love of reading.
KNTR, a children’s literacy organization founded by children’s author PJ Haarsma, Denise Gary, and actor Nathan Fillion (star of TV’s Castle), adds a playful element to its new READ Together program with the help of uKloo, a multi award-winning literacy game that incorporates a physical activity with reading and problem-solving.
The KNTR READ Together Program was developed to bring an array of strategies and assorted reading materials to 72 classrooms at 20 schools located in low socioeconomic areas throughout the USA. By utilizing uKloo games as many as 2,000 children will be given an alternative reading experience though physically active reading play.
Denise Gary, Executive Director, KNTR, said, “Games like uKloo are extremely useful in helping children view reading as a joyful experience, possibly affecting their attitude toward reading forever. uKloo is a terrific resource to help inspire children to read at an early age, allowing this vital, lifelong process to begin in a positive manner.”
The uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game (MSRP $15.95 for ages 4 and up) is a fun seek-and-find literacy game that empowers children to be independent readers. Kids are set up to succeed with the help of a “Picture Helper Poster” that offers first research skills through picture clues as they hunt their way to a hidden surprise. Children are so engaged that they begin reading without even realizing it!
Doreen Dotto, president of uKloo Kids, Inc. and creator of the uKloo games, said, “It’s a privilege to have our uKloo Early Reader game selected for the READ Together program. uKloo’s partnership with KNTR will give children with various learning styles a fun, proven-effective reading experience. Our partnership will help empower children by developing their early literacy skills so that they can embark on a life-long love of reading.”
In addition to the uKloo Early Reader, uKloo Kids also offers the uKloo Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game (MSRP $17.95 for ages 7 and up) geared to the next stage reader, and a uKloo App for iPhone and iPad that extends uKloo reading vocabulary into new digital environments. The uKloo App is available as a free download on the iTunes Store.
uKloo games were created by Dotto, a mom whose two boys avoided reading homework at all costs. With the help of teachers, parents and kids, Dotto designed uKloo games to engage reluctant readers and improve sight reading, reading comprehension, logic, reasoning and problem-solving skills. The games have been tested and approved for learning excellence for children with special needs.
About uKloo Kids, Inc.: uKloo Kids, Inc. is a children’s literacy game developer based in Toronto, Canada. Founded in 2010 by Doreen Dotto, the firm’s first products, uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game and Riddle Edition have earned more than a dozen different prestigious awards and uKloo is now sold in 19 countries. For further information about uKloo, visit the company website at http://ukloo.com/ and to interact with the company directly, see our social links on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
About Kids Need to Read: Kids Need to Read, based in Mesa, Arizona, was established as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation in 2008 by children’s author PJ Haarsma, Denise Gary, and actor Nathan Fillion. Founded with a passion to improve the lives of disadvantaged children by providing inspiring book collections and engaging literacy programs to underfunded schools, libraries, and organizations across the nation, Kids Need to Read aspires to empower and embolden every last child through a culture of reading. For many of the children it serves, Kids Need to Read represents a crucial link to a strong literacy education, and its programs help build and nurture support systems that these children may be lacking elsewhere in their lives. By immersing children in an integrated world of literary experiences that teaches them, firsthand, the impact of reading on every aspect of life, imagination is ignited and confidence is built for a prosperous future, regardless of race, economic status, or personal capabilities. Kids Need to Read is headquartered at 2450 West Broadway Road, Suite 110, Mesa, AZ 85202, 1-480-256-0115; email@example.com