Vassar, Gilman Join Literacy Campaign

By | April 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Lots of Nashville’s finest are taking part in Wal-Mart’s Literacy Day Initiative this weekend. Phil Vassar’s composition “Words Are Your Wheels” is the theme song, and tomorrow Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations will celebrate “Words Are Your Wheels” Literacy Day with special guests appearing in stores across the country.

Vassar will visit Pittsburgh’s Wal-Mart store, to read to people there and speak about the importance of literacy. Diamond Rio is on tour in North Dakota, so the band’s members will make visit to the Wal-Mart in Devil’s Lake. Billy Gilman will appear in his hometown area at two locations, Westerly and Coventry, R.I.

More than 3,400 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores will be host to celebrity readers, as part of the national grass roots campaign to help those who cannot read. Wal-Mart has also matched more than 120,000 adults with literacy tutors, through a national hot line number: 1-800-929-4458, available 24 hours a day.