For the Record

Hamden restaurant to support Read to Grow

Freskos restaurant at 2323 Whitney Ave. will host a benefit on December 12th for Read to Grow, a non-profit providing children’s books and literacy information to families in Connecticut.

Mrs. Connecticut America 2018, Teresa Ladopoulos-Nakouzi, will sign autographs from noon to 2 p.m. A representative from Read to Grow will accompany her.

Freskos is donating 20% percent of all sales on December 12th to Read to Grow for its statewide services in early childhood literacy.

Freskos has earned top honors for both Best Greek Restaurant and Best Gyro in the 2018 CTNow—New Haven Readers’ Poll.

The restaurant is promoting “great food, a great hostess, and a great cause,” according to Peter Vouras, owner of the fast-casual establishment.

Mrs. Ladopoulos-Nakouzi is a reading specialist in the Woodbridge Public School system and has been advocating for Read to Grow as part of her literacy platform. She is training to be a workshop volunteer to educate parents about building their children’s literacy.

Read to Grow has given more than 1.8 million children’s books to over 1.2 million people in Connecticut since the year 2000. The non-profit’s mission is to promote language skills and literacy for children, beginning at birth, and to support parents as their babies’ first teachers.

Vouras, who opened Freskos in 2016, said he is a big supporter of reading, especially for children. “Both my children are avid readers and love the wonderful worlds of imagination that books provide,” he said.