FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2011
Jenn Holbrook, Holbrook Multi Media, Inc.
Lafayette Attorney Saves the Summer for Children's Museum
Glenn Armentor Rescues CMA / Summer Safari Reading Program
July 1, 2011, Lafayette, La – When the Children's Museum of Acadiana got the news that a major sponsor had pulled their support for their annual Summer Safari Reading Program they were forced to consider canceling. To them, and the 120 children to be served, this would've been a very unfortunate situation. To one particular citizen, it was an unacceptable one.
Coming to the aid of his community, especially in emergency or crisis situations, is nothing new to renowned Acadiana Attorney Glenn Armentor. His annual $10,000 Pay it Forward Scholarship Program is just one example of his altruistic attitude toward those in need in the neighborhoods he serves. Reacting, without hesitation, to the unexpected blow to the museum's summer hopes is another.
"The work of the Children's Museum of Acadiana is not something one can measure in dollars and cents,” Mr. Armentor said. "The Summer Safari Reading Program gives 120 kids a chance to engage in enlightened and wholesome storytelling activities and so much more. When Marvita Hudson, executive director of the Children's Museum approached me for support it was, quite simply, a no-brainer. This law firm does not turn its back on its community children, never has and never will.”
Now called the Glenn Armentor Summer Safari "Wild About Reading” Program in honor of its benefactor, the program brings together local artists, authors and animal activists with groups of 20 children from Faith House for six weeks during the summer. Each session lasts two hours and, according to CMA Executive Director Hudson both the children and their artist, author or activist host benefit.
"For many of the children this is their first ‘museum' experience and just being here opens new horizons for them. On top of that they learn to appreciate the joy and how to interpret words into images in their mind and finally, their respect and regard toward nature and animals is greatly enhanced.”
Every child participating in the program will receive a book bag, book mark and their favorite book, all courtesy of the programs sponsor Glenn Armentor who adds, "For me the expression ‘pay-it-forward' is more than a cliché, it's how I live my life. Any investment that can make even a single child's life the slightest bit brighter will pay tremendous dividends in the future.”
For more information regarding the Glenn Armentor Summer Safari Wild About Reading Program contact: Children's Museum 337.232.8500