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Released: 10/1/2009 

DRPA Hosts “ReadStrong” At Independence Seaport Museum

The Delaware River Port Authority is hosting its fall ReadStrong Community outreach program at the Independence Seaport Museum on Penn’s Landing on October 5th between 10am and 1pm.  Students will be joined by crew members of the USS Wayne E. Meyer.

ReadStrong is a reading and literacy mentoring program providing elementary school children the opportunity to experience reading and related activities outside the classroom.  50 children from Delran Middle School in New Jersey and St. Martin of Tours in Northeast Philadelphia will take part in a colonial shipbuilding activity at the museum.

The ship is arriving in Philadelphia on October 2nd and officially becomes a US Navy ship when it is commissioned at Penn’s Landing on October 10th.  Included in the ReadStrong day of learning and fun will also be tours of the USS Olympia and the USS Becuna which are located on the waterfront.

DRPA CEO, John J. Matheussen, says “ReadStrong is our premier Community outreach program and children this time will have the rare opportunity to partner with the crew of an actual US Navy Ship that will be commissioned in Philadelphia.” 
The Delaware River Port Authority is a regional transportation agency.  DRPA owns and operates the Benjamin Franklin, Walt Whitman, Commodore Barry and Betsy Ross Bridges, PATCO and the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal.  The DRPA also owns the RiverLink Ferry.

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