We hear it all the time . . .
Our public school teachers dip into their own pockets each year to purchase school supplies for their classrooms. They do this despite their modest income and out of a love for education. In 2018 alone, the nation's teachers spent nearly $480 a year, which is far more than the federal $250 tax deduction available. When teacher saleries are already mediocre, and the political and bureaucratic channels frustratingly delay any hope of immediate change, solutions must come from other sources.
We also know . . .
That children in impoverished communities have access to fewer books and other reading materials than do their more financially stable peers. In areas of concentrated poverty, residents have little to no access to bookstores or libraries. This disparity is called a "book desert."
This is where The Literacy Project steps in . . .
Working with local independent bookstores, we collaborate one on one with Northern Nevada teachers and mentors to get new and gently used books into the hands of our students. Access to print resources early on in a child's development has both an immediate and long-term effect on vocabulary, background knowledge, and comprehension skills. The presence of books in home and at school establishes a "scholarly culutre," or a way of life in the home and school where books are numerous, esteemed, read, and enjoyed.
We believe in the magic of reading, and the importance of access to books for all ages. How can you help? Donate!
We are not a book drive program. We aim to provide students with books they actually want and request. In order to meet the high demand we face for 2020, we need to raise $15,000.
We provide classrooms with class sets of books and classroom library makeovers. Usually, a class set of books costs around $350. We know from speaking with teachers that they would love for each student to have an individual copy of a book for book studies. However, because of the high cost and lack of funding, teachers often forgo these types of lesson plans. We also know that students who have individual copies of books succeed much better - they develop better comprehension and reading skills. It also allows readers of all levels to participate in the same lesson plan.
This is why we need you!
We need your help, passion, and love this holiday season. Please donate to our campaign to put books into the hands of our students, exuberant smiles on their faces, and memories to last a lifetime.