Olympic champ Kristi Yamaguchi visits Valley to promote literacy

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Olympic Gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi paid a visit to the Valley Thursday to visit some young students and promote literacy.

Yamaguchi's Always Dream Foundation, in conjunction with the Children's Museum of Phoenix and Cartwright School District, worked to make the two-day visit possible.

The skating star is promoting early childhood literacy to more than 1,000 Valley kindergartners on April 23 and 24.

It was a huge treat for kindergarten students at Peralta Elementary School Thursday morning, as Yamaguchi read aloud from her best-selling children's book “Dream Big, Little Pig.”

“Reading at grade level is so critical to a student's academic achievement, and anything we can do to get our youngest students engaged and excited about books and reading is a big step towards their success in life," says Yamaguchi.

Following the reading, every student was to receive LeapFrog digital readers and ten books to help build their own home libraries.

On Friday, the Children's Museum of Phoenix will host Yamaguchi's Reading Adventures at the museum, a fun-filled day that focuses on helping young children experience the joy of reading. The Museum will host 1,000 kindergarten students from Title One schools throughout the day. 

Students will be visiting the Museum on a field trip from the Cartwright School District as well as the Phoenix Elementary School District. They will enjoy a day of celebrity readings, performances, a meet and greet with celebrities, hands-on activities and fun in the museum's three floors of exhibits. 

Each student will leave the Museum with a free book to take home.

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