AT&T Funds the St. James Town Public Library Leading to Reading Program

    AT&T contributes $10,000 to allow the children's literacy program to
    continue during the summer months in the high-risk area of St. James Town

    TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE:   T) today announced a
contribution of $10,000 to the Toronto Public Library's Leading to Reading
program.  The donation will allow for the literacy program to continue during
the summer months at the St. James Town location -- a high priority
neighbourhood in Toronto that is a priority focus for the Toronto Public
    Literacy is a major issue facing Canadian society today, with over 24% of
all Torontonians unable to read more than simple words or sentences and 40% of
Canadians unable to read or write well enough to succeed in school or get a
job.  Recognizing this as a major cause for concern, AT&T supports the Toronto
Public Library's belief that literacy is the key to achieving a better future.
Fostering higher literacy levels among Canadians is central to cultivating a
stronger future workforce.
    Currently, Manulife Financial supports the school year portion of the
Leading to Reading program at the St. James Town location.  Due to the high-
risk and high-priority nature of the community, a need was identified to
extend the school year program into the summer months.
    "We are very happy to join Manulife Financial as the corporate supporters
for the Leading to Reading program at the St. James Town branch," remarked
Steven Taylor, Vice President of Sales, AT&T Global Services Canada.  "Our
company remains committed to advancing education, strengthening communities
and improving lives and we are thrilled to be participating in a program that
will provide an opportunity for these great children to fulfill their vast
    The $10,000 donation from the Company will allow the St. James Town
branch to run one summer program allowing approximately 40 children (in total)
in Grades 2 to 6 with below average reading skills to benefit from one on one
tutoring over the summer months.  Without this donation, the extended program
would not have been possible.
    "AT&T's support of Leading to Reading at St. James Town branch will allow
the Library to ultimately expand this program to reach out to more children at
risk, in a high needs community," stated Heather Rumball, President, Toronto
Public Library Foundation. "The children who benefit from Leading to Reading
not only improve their reading skills but emerge from the program with an
increased sense of self-worth and confidence, able to move forward and fulfill
their potential."
    The Leading to Reading program was developed in 1979 as the cornerstone
literacy program to provide services for children and youth at risk and is one
of the Library's top priorities.  The program ensures children are given every
opportunity to excel in reading and schoolwork and thus develop their sense of
self-worth.  Geared to primary school aged children who are reading below
their grade level, the program has expanded to 40 branches and now helps over
3,000 children annually.
    About Philanthropy at AT&T
    AT&T Inc. (NYSE:   T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening
communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and
partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities;
promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In
2007, AT&T contributed more than $164 million through corporate-, employee-
and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the
corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, combine more than $1.9 billion of
historic charitable commitment to communities.
    About AT&T
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