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CPM Helps Kids Read

posted on 2002-10-15 23:57 EDT
Several Manga companies have donated materials to schools and communities to help kids read. It's a good gesture that also helps publicize Manga, here's an Item about Central Park Media and a High School in Ohio.

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A John Glenn High School English teacher, Teri Poulos, was considering following a growing national trend and include graphic novels as part of her arsenal in the battle to get kids interested in reading. Where she would get more money for books in today's cash-strapped educational system was the question.

Poulos sent an email to Tim Altman, a Sales & Marketing Analyst for CPM, explaining the drive in education using graphic novels to promote reading with kids who might not otherwise pick up a book. Poulos also explained to Altman how cash-poor the local schools are and asked if he could help.

Within 24 hours Altman responded simply, "We'll send you some stuff." A few days later a box filled with various graphic novels arrived.

"This is simply amazing that a company so far from Ohio would recognize the need and respond," said Poulos. She added, "The best part is that students simply love them. They fly off the shelves."

Not only did Central Park Media send items such as their popular graphic novel series "Dark Angel" and "M.D. Geist," but they have also sent additional boxes of books for the kids proving their dedication to helping.

Some of the books will even find their way to the local Public Library in Cambridge, Ohio, which, coincidentally, is also trying to secure graphic novels for the very same reasons.

Mrs. Poulos said, "I can't thank Central Park enough. The graphic novels were devoured by my students." She continued, "I count books in the hands of kids as a success. The fact that a company like Central Park Media is willing to help me, help kids is an unexpected blessing."

The contribution made by CPM hasn't gone unnoticed in the surrounding Ohio communities. Five Ohio papers have so far run stories on the generosity of CPM and their gratitude for their help to students.

Local papers have also run stories on exactly what manga is, its origins and the medium in general which has created a surge on interest not only among students, but the schools and libraries throughout the area.

Poulos sums up, "Everyone here now knows what manga is from the old to young. When people here think of manga, they think of literature - not comic books."

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