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The Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College announces the Return of One Picture Book, One Community to South Florida Classrooms


Miami, October 22, 2010 - The Florida Center for the Literary Arts (FCLA) at Miami Dade College (MDC) announces the return of One Picture Book, One Community, a program that encourages children and their families to read together. This year’s selection is “Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated),” by Florence Parry Heide, and illustrated by Lane Smith. With the support of a grant from the Assurant Corporate Giving Program, the Center is donating 4,500 copies of “Princess Hyacinth” to first graders and their teachers, reading specialists, and media specialists at schools throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

This is Assurant’s first year as a sponsor of this program.  “We are proud to have Assurant as a partner for One Picture Book this year,” said Alina Interian, the Center’s Executive Director.  “Without their support, we would not be able to reach as many first grade students as we are going to reach.”

Ana Rojas-Filliben, senior vice president, business and marketing communications, at Assurant, said the company is dedicated to giving back to the community. “Assurant has made a long-standing commitment to social responsibility and strives to be an exemplary leader in improving education and literacy in the neighborhoods where we live and do business. We are proud to partner with the Florida Center for the Literary Arts and are honored to have sponsored such an important initiative.”

The One Picture Book, One Community program promotes early childhood education and literacy, encourages young minds to discover the joy of reading and builds a strong foundation for a better education. The project is produced in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools in order to interest children in reading at the beginning of their education, and with the hope of improving reading skills and overall academic performance throughout their lives.   

One Picture Book invites young children and their families to read a common picture book with the goal of uniting the entire South Florida community in acknowledging the importance of early childhood education and literacy. It is the offspring of an earlier FCLA initiative, One Book, One Community, that promoted literacy and communication among South Floridians by encouraging everyone to read and talk about the same book.

The FCLA will also be giving away 400 copies of the book to community members. Parents are encouraged to visit the Center’s website to request a free copy of “Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated)”, and “book” some time to read with their family.


The Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College promotes reading and writing throughout the year by consistently presenting high-quality literary activities open to all in South Florida.  Miami Dade College established the Center in 2001, as an academic and cultural initiative that promotes the appreciation of literature, and literacy, in all forms and engages South Florida’s diverse communities in an exchange of ideas. The Center has capitalized on the positive response from the community to build programs that advance and promote diverse literary traditions throughout the year both within the Miami Dade College community and in the community at large. 

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the Cultura del Lobo performance series, The Cuban Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees.

For additional information about the program, please visit, call 305-237-3940 or email

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