Fallbrook's GOT Publishing Inc. reaches milestone
Last updated 5/12/2021 at 11:29pm
FALLBROOK – GOT Publishing Inc. celebrated its first board meeting April 24. GOT Publishing Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing free reading programs to underprivileged children around the world. Its website is www.freereadingprogram.online.
Karen Langer, Jack Kovic, and Dawn Fitzpatrick are the chair, treasurer, and secretary of the organization. Arlene Yates of Arlene Yates Productions is providing the bulk of the program's content. "We see this organization eventually morphing into a modern-day 'Sesame Street.' The difference being our more aggressive approach to helping children get a great start with reading," Yates commented.
Yates and Kovic worked together previously developing children's content for YouTube. Kovic also sold reading programs throughout the United States while running Jack's Music in downtown Fallbrook. Yates has also worked as a children's entertainer throughout the local school districts.
Both Yates and Kovic come from interesting backgrounds. Yates' father was the world-famous boxer Joey Barnum, and Kovic is the younger brother of the writer, Ron Kovic.
"At this point, our program is available online, and anyone can use it," Kovic explained. He also noted, "We are waiting for our 501c3 application approval from the IRS. We anticipate completing the approval process by this September, and then we can start accepting donations."
While waiting for the final IRS approval, Got Publishing Inc. developed its online reading program website. The website provides alphabet practice, phonics exercises, comprehension quizzes, and dozens of phonics readers to help children start reading independently. Parents also can engage their preschool children with several picture books. All the reading material on the website is also available through Amazon by searching for "Arlene Yates."
GOT Publishing Inc. has been approached by the movie producer, director, writer Johnathon Jay Piumelli to collaborate on the video content portion of the reading program's site. Also, Piumelli has teamed up with puppet/ventriloquist Keven Johnson to add fun and excitement to the learning experience. The illustrations for Yates' books were created by Fallbrook's Bret Stokes and Emily Banghart.
Piumelli concluded, "The free reading program being provided for underprivileged children strikes a deep spot in my heart. When people can start donating to GOT Publishing Inc. next tax season, we will take this spark and light a torch. A large population of our children never get the reading help they need. We intend to turn on all the lights, pull out all the stops, and create great children's content that makes kids love reading."
Submitted by GOT Publishing Inc.