Charlottesville, Virginia (9/7/2021) – QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to announce that Charlottesville-based pomi (peace of mind insurance), an accident and health division of Great American Insurance Company, has stepped up to support preschoolers and kindergartners who benefit from our Racquets for Reading!!! initiative. Kids receive books like the ones shown below plus FUN giveaways – mini reading rubber duckies, Go Bananas for QuickStart! cards and banana-scented bookmarks.
Kelly Clore, pomi’s Senior Director, Brand & Marketing, says, “We at pomi are thrilled to partner with this great initiative. We help insure schools and youth sports leagues among others so we understand the importance of staying healthy and developing strong literacy skills. This unique program combines two great areas of focus for kids to strengthen and develop. We hope our donated books will make an impact in helping them reach their potential.” Lynda Harrill, QCV QuickStart Coordinator, adds, “We are so happy pomi has joined our growing group of donors and grantors supporting literacy as we kick off Racquets for Reading!!! for a second school year. It appears COVID isn’t going anywhere any time soon, so kids will need our support more than ever. As we’ve addressed this challenge over the past year, it has become clear that we (all of us) need to create a ‘reading pathway’ for young kids from birth through kindergarten. That will be the most effective way to reverse the downward trend in literacy and subpar school readiness and reading scores in Virginia where only one out of 132 public school systems has third grade reading scores above 90% Closer to home in Albemarle County, only 70% of third graders make the benchmark. “Early intervention is a lot less expensive and more effective than later remediation. That’s why, in addition to getting books to disadvantaged and at-risk preschoolers and kindergartners, we partner with local organizations to start or expand chapters of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provide free books from birth until age five. Kids need to be ready to learn when they get to school. Books are the tools they need. Because of generous donors like pomi we can get books to kids, make reading FUN, have a positive impact on kids and get them to read at grade level by the end of kindergarten. That’s our plan.”
QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia is an all-volunteer, grassroots Community Tennis Association established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to promote, develop and grow QuickStart Tennis in the heart of Virginia for all beginners, especially underserved youth, using the kid-sized QuickStart Tennis format. QCV’s service area includes, Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Franklin, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Nottoway, Orange, Patrick Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Powhatan and Rappahannock counties and the cities of Charlottesville, Danville and Martinsville, plus under a special arrangement, King George County. We currently serve 212 schools with 99,000 kids, 15 parks & recreation departments, three Boys & Girls Clubs and two YMCAs in 27 counties and three independent cities. We have also gotten tennis into PE classes in 37 additional schools with 16,000 students in communities outside our service area. Visit QCV at www.quickstartcentral.org and on Facebook. For additional information, contact [email protected].
Pomi offers an array of accident and health insurance coverages for organizations, nonprofits and businesses. Our coverage provides broad-based solutions for losses that may result from an accident and aims to protect what matters most. Pomi includes a digital platform featuring a “click and bind” method to allow brokers to quickly fulfill needs of their insureds in just a few minutes. Policies are underwritten by Great American Insurance Company. Digital platforms may not be available at all times. Not available in all states.
Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialty commercial products for businesses. Great American Insurance Company has received an “A” (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for more than 110 years (most recent rating evaluation of “A+” (Superior) affirmed January 28, 2021). The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG.
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